The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program helps those at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes. The program is based on the landmark Diabetes Prevention Program funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The program, which is led by a trained Lifestyle Coach, provides a supportive, small group environment where participants work together to learn about healthier eating habits and how an increase in physical activity can reduce the risk for developing diabetes. This beneficial, 12-month program begins with 16 weekly sessions followed by a monthly maintenance class.

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program gives you the skills you need and the support you deserve to make these lasting lifestyle and life-saving changes toward your better health.  Research by the National Institutes of Health shows programs such as the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program reduce new cases of type 2 diabetes by 58% overall and over 71% in adults over the age of 60.


Reduce body-weight by 7%
Increase physical activity to a minimum of 150 minutes a week 

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To Qualify:

1. Must be at least 18 years of age
2. BMI equal to or greater than 25 (BMI of 22 or greater for those of Asian descent)
3. Clinical diagnosis of Gestational Diabetes during a previous pregnancy 
4. One of the following blood tests:
     HBA1c between 5.7% and 6.4%
     Glucose between 140 and 199 mg/dL
     Fasting Plasma Glucose between 100 and 125 mg/dL 

Participants who score 5 or higher on the risk test at www.doihaveprediabetes.org are also qualified to enroll in the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program. This is the risk test developed and promoted in collaboration by the CDC, ADA, AMA.

OPERS and SERS will now cover the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program for all state and local government retirees who are pre-medicare age!   Go to http://ohioymcadiabetesprevention.org/ for more information. 


Next Session:​


Coming Fall 2021
Mansfield Area Y
750 Scholl Road Mansfield


Financial assistance, scholarships, and stipends are available.

Contact James Twedt at 419.522.3511 ext. 258/jtwedt@mansfieldy.org