Diabetes Prevention Program | GREATER WICHITA YMCA

Diabetes Prevention Program

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Are you at risk for diabetes? Take our online self-assessment to find out


  • 1 in 3 people are pre-diabetic
  • 10% of those who are at risk will transition to a diabetic state in the next year
  • By losing 7% of your body weight and exercising 150 minutes a week, risk for diabetes can be decreased by 58%
  • Female having had a baby weighing more than 9lbs.
  • Having a parent or sibling with diabetes
  • Having a BMI of greater than 25
  • Younger than 65 and get little to no physical activity
  • 65 years of age or older
  • Having an elevated A1c or fasting glucose
  • The primary risk factor for Type 2 Diabetes is poor nutrition and physical inactivity

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program helps you take control of your health by adopting habits to reduce your chances of developing type 2 diabetes and improve your overall health and well-being. Research by the National Institutes of Health has proven that programs like the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program can reduce the number of cases of type 2 diabetes by nearly 60%. 

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.

In order to qualify for the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, participants must be at least 18 years old, overweight (BMI ≥ 25) and at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes or have been diagnosed with prediabetes†.


“I am thrilled that I am getting guidance, support and a positive attitude to make the changes to better myself” – Program Participant

“I love the support from the class – it is great accountability!” – Program Participant

Program Cost:  $429.00

  • The program includes 3 month free YMCA FAMILY membership, a $147.90 value.
  • Option of 4 monthly drafts of $107.25
  • Income based pricing is available on this program for those that qualify- contact us for more details


Location: South (Farha) YMCA
Days: Starts Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Time: 9:00-10:00 am
Instructor: Rebecca


Download the brochure. Email our Intake Coordinator or phone: 316.776.8178

Notice of Privacy Practices

A visit to my doctor in December 2015 for a blood pressure check and lab work ended with the nurse informing me that my A1C came back at 6.2. “You are in pre-diabetic range,” she said. I thanked her and said to myself, “I know what to do, I just have to do it.” When I went back in June 2016, my A1C was 6.1. I was already having the tingling, numbness and shooting pains in my feet and a lot of trouble sleeping. It was at this point I got worried because I do not want to be diabetic and I knew that I needed something to help myself be healthier as I age.

Read Dot's Story

I have been overweight my entire life. From being the chubby girl in elementary school, to having a BMI in the morbidly obese category as an adult. During my annual checkup last November, my doctor told me that the results from my blood work showed that my A1C levels were high (6.3). Anything over 6.0 was considered pre-diabetic, and ideally, the value should be less than 5.7. I wish I could say I was surprised, but honestly, I knew my poor eating habits were bound to catch up with me at some point, and it was apparent that now was that time. My doctor knew me well enough to know exactly what heartstrings to pull to make this real for me. She told me that as a single mother, I owed it to my daughter to get this under control before it was too late.

Read Donna's Story

In June of 2015, I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to join the Diabetes Prevention Program through the YMCA. You might wonder why I would use the word “lucky” since my blood sugar had to test at a high enough level to fall in the “pre-diabetic” range. However, I do feel lucky my employer (Sedgwick County) paid the cost of the program so I could learn how to avoid developing diabetes, and for that I feel very lucky. With a family history of diabetes and previously having gestational diabetes, I’m at a higher risk for developing diabetes than most people. I was grateful for the opportunity to learn what changes I needed to make in order to prevent this disease for as long as possible or prevent it all together.

Read Cheryl's Story

Over the past 18 years I have encountered various medical setbacks and injuries that resulted in over 60 pounds of weight gain. I tried dieting by eating better. Additionally, I had always been a very active person by working out at the YMCA and playing volleyball at the park. Unfortunately, a knee injury resulted in not being able to continue playing volleyball. The reduced exercise, my sedentary job, and going through menopause kept me from losing weight.

Read Carol's Story