Diabetes Prevention Program

Diabetes Prevention Program

Community Integrated Health

Hearing your doctor say, “You’re at risk for type 2 diabetes,” or “You have prediabetes,” means that you can start preventing type 2 diabetes today. And you do not have to do it alone. Finding our National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) was your first step on that journey. 

If you have prediabetes, now is the time for prevention. The Y’s National Diabetes Program can help you take charge of your health to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes!

NDPP meet for a year — weekly for the first 6 months, then once or twice a month for the second 6 months to maintain healthy lifestyle changes. During each session, your lifestyle coach will teach a lesson and lead a group discussion.

For example, you will learn to:

  • Eat healthy
  • Add physical activity to your life
  • Manage stress
  • Stay on track when eating out
  • Understand and respond to your food cues
  • Stay motivated
  • Solve problems that can get in the way of healthy changes

A Commitment

This Y’s DPP program lasts one year. Attending ever session is crucial to success in the program and to achieving your long-term program goals.

Food Tracking

Tracking food intake can help you to eat smaller portions, reduce fat intake, and modify eating habits long-term. These changes have been proven to help prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.

Getting More Active

Many Studies have shown that moderate physical activity (walking, swimming, bicycling) for 30 minutes, five days a week, can help improve overall health and reduce the risk of chronic disease.

Group Support

Our trained Lifestyle Coaches facilitate the ongoing sessions where a small, supportive group of participants encourage each other to stay motivated and maintain progress.

*We offer sliding-scale access to our diabetes prevention program based on ability to pay. If you are ready to make lifestyle changes, we will make sure cost is not a barrier to getting started. 

*Have an Employee Reimbursement Account (ERA) or a Health Savings Account (HSA)? Apply it here!

What Outcomes Will You Achieve?

Small lifestyle changes make a big difference in reducing your risk of type 2 diabetes. The Y's Diabetes Prevention Program promotes the following outcomes:

Healthier Eating Habits

Focus is on reducing total dietary fat intake, not eliminating carbohydrates, while modeling the MyPlate Method.

Increased Physical Activity

Participants will be encouraged to increase their activity to 150 minutes per week through moderate and sustainable exercise.

Reduced Body Weight

Our first two outcomes, eating healthier and moving more, will naturally contribute to a modest reduction in overall body weight.

What is Community Integrated Health?

The YMCA’s Loaner Cuff Program is part of our Community Integrated Health efforts, to strengthen the linkages between traditional healthcare and community-based prevention strategies in order to help individuals prevent, delay, or live better with chronic conditions.

Community Integrated Health (CIH):

  • Increases access to care

  • Lowers costs

  • Prevents and addresses chronic disease

  • Reduces the effects of some social determinants of health

  • FREE Y Membership for your entire household

  • Child Watch available for NDPP sessions

Rock County Public Health Department and the YMCA of Northern Rock County, working together for a healthy, thriving community.