Diabetes Prevention Program



In the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, a trained Lifestyle Coach will introduce topics in a supportive, small group environment and encourage participants as they explore how healthy eating, physical activity and behavior changes can help reduce their risk for diabetes and benefit their overall health.

Classes will begin in early 2019. To register your interest, contact: Email Katrina Howard, RD, LDN, Director of Healthy Living or call 309 692 7631 ext. 205.


As a participant in the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, you will take 25 classes over the course of a year surrounded by a group of supportive people with common goals who care about your well-being.

As a participant, you’ll enjoy:

  • A safe space where you can feel comfortable sharing and learning in private.
  • Making new friends, by working as a group. You don’t have to figure this out alone.
  • The new energy and confidence that comes with losing weight and reducing your risk for diabetes.


To help reduce your risk for diabetes, your goal in the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is:

  • Reduce your body weight by 5-7%
  • Increase your physical activity to 150 minutes/week
  • Boost your energy and reduce your risk for diabetes
  • Improve your health for life!

You will do this by learning strategies for:

Healthy Eating
Eating smaller portions, reducing fat in your diet and discovering healthier food options has been shown to help prevent the onset of Type 2 diabetes.

Increasing Physical Activity
Studies have repeatedly shown that moderate physical activity (walking, swimming, mowing the lawn) for as little as 30 minutes a day, five days a week can help improve your blood pressure, raise your good cholesterol and prevent blood flow problems.

Losing Weight
It has been shown that reducing your body weight by even a small amount (as little as 5 – 7 percent) can offer tremendous benefits for people at risk for diabetes.

Based on research funded by the National Institutes of Health, this program has been shown to reduce the number of new cases of Type 2 diabetes by as much as 58 percent in adults. The reduction was even greater, 71 percent, among adults aged 60 years or older.

Nearly 86 million American adults, that’s one in three, have prediabetes. People with prediabetes are likely to develop Type 2 diabetes within 10 years, unless they take action to prevent or delay the disease. Diabetes is a leading cause of heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney disease and nerve disease.


To participate in the program, you must be:

  • 18 years or older,
  • Overweight (BMI ≥ 25)*, and
  • Diagnosed with prediabetes via one of three blood tests or a previous diagnosis of gestational diabetes.**

If you don’t have a blood test result, you must have a qualifying risk score. Still don’t know if you qualify?  Just take the test.

YMCA membership is not required to participate in this program.


Classes will begin in early 2019.

Email Katrina Howard, RD, LDN, Director of Healthy Living or call 309 692 7631 ext. 205.


*     Asian individual(s) BMI ≥ 23

**    Qualified blood results in the prediabetes range are needed to confirm eligibility. Individuals who have already been diagnosed with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes do not qualify for this program.

YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program (“YMCA’s DPP”) uses a CDC-approved curriculum and is part of the CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program. YMCA of the USA offers access to YMCA’s DPP through a network of local YMCAs, and YMCA’s DPP may or may not be a covered benefit under your health insurance policy, worksite wellness program, Medicare Plan, or other applicable federally funded healthcare program. To find out whether YMCA’s DPP is covered under your policy and to determine any cost-sharing responsibilities, contact your insurance company, health plan administrator, wellness program sponsor, Medicare or Medicaid. Any dispute regarding coverage of YMCA’s DPP should be brought to your insurance provider or benefit program administrator. Neither YMCA of the USA nor any local YMCA warrants or guarantees any specific outcome for YMCA’s DPP participants with respect to diabetes prevention.

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