The YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-led National Diabetes Prevention Program and is nationally supported by the Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance.


The program provides a supportive environment where participants work together in a small group to learn about healthier eating and increasing their physical activity in order to reduce their risk for developing diabetes. The program, which is led by a trained Lifestyle Coach in a classroom setting, is delivered over a 12-month period, beginning with 16 weekly sessions followed by monthly maintenance.



Martina Mellang, MPH, CHES (608) 519-5473

Community and Prevention Program Coordinator, YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program


  • Being overweight or obese (i.e., BMI of 25 or higher)

  • First-degree family history of diabetes

  • Being age 45 or older

  • Sedentary lifestyle

  • Low HDL Cholesterol (35 mg/dl; 0.09 mmol/l) and high triglycerides (250 mg/dl;2.82 mmol/l)

  • High blood pressure (consistent reading of 140/90mmHg or higher)

  • History of gestational diabetes or gave birth to a baby weighing more than 9 pounds

  • Belonging to one of the following ethnic populations: African Americans, Native American Indians, Latinos, Asian, Americans, and Pacific Islanders

  • Having polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

  • Having a history of vascular disease


  • Reduce body weight by 7%

  • Increase physical activity to 150 minutes per week

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YMCA Mission: To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.

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