Diabetes Programming

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program helps adults at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles by eating healthier, increasing physical activity, and losing a modest amount of weight in order to reduce their chances of developing the disease.  A trained lifestyle coach facilitates the small group of participants in learning about healthier eating, physical activity and other behavior changes over the course of one year.

Currently enrolling eligible participants for new classes!



Interested in participating?

Contact the Y today at 419-332-9622 or email BetsyS@frymca.org for more information.


The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is:

  • An evidence-based program

  • Uses group lifestyle intervention

  • Designed to reduce the risk of diabetes in individuals with pre-diabetes or at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

This program has been proven to reduce participant’s chances of developing the disease by more than half.

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is based on the landmark Diabetes Prevention Program funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which showed that with lifestyle changes and modest weight reduction, a person with pre-diabetes can prevent or delay the onset of the disease by 58 percent.

Call us at 419-332-9622 or email BetsyS@frymca.org to register or get additional information.

To determine if your insurance provider covers the Program, contact your insurance provider and inquire about coverage of the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program.  If you are not covered by insurance the program is still available to you.  Self pay is an option, cost for a full year access (16 weekly core sessions plus maintenance sessions) is $429.  Pricing scholarships are available with proof of low income.


You may be at risk for Type 2 diabetes and not even know it!  If you are overweight and not active most days, you are probably at risk.  If you are over age 45 your risk has greatly increased.  Use the checklist below to assess your risk.



If you scored a 9 or higher, then you may be at risk for prediabetes or diabetes, and may qualify for the program.  This does NOT mean you have diabetes.  You will need a blood test to confirm if you have diabetes.



  • Participants must be at least 18 years old

  • Have a Body Mass Index (BMI) at or above 25

  • Hemogloban A1c level between 5.7-6.4%, or

  • Fasting Plasma Glucose between 100-125 mg/dL, or a

  • 2-hour (75 gm glucola) Plasma Glucose between 140-199 mg/dL.

  • Private Pay is also available



There is no cost for the program for fully insured United Health Care Members who qualify. People with health insurance provided by United Health Care should check with their employer about the availability of this program as a covered benefit, or contact the Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance to enroll or confirm eligibility at 1-800-237-4942.


Lose weight by making healthy food choices and being active.  To get started check out some of the nutritious and delicious recipes we have here.  To get a jump on activity check out our program flyer!



The YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program is offered in partnership with the YMCA and JCC of Greater Toledo.

Reduced pricing is available for interested low income participants. Contact our office at 419-332-9622 for more information.

To determine if you are at risk, take the American Diabetes Association Risk Test.




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    Source: PR Newswire Read the article

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    By Nanci Hellmich, USA TODAY 11-13-11

    Tami Breazeale, 38, of Hudson, Wis., knows the high price of uncontrolled diabetes. A friend's lower leg was amputated after complications from the disease. Read the article

  • Enrolling People With Prediabetes Ages 60–64 In A Proven Weight Loss Program Could Save Medicare $7 Billion Or More

    By Kenneth E. Thorpe and Zhou Yang

    Rising chronic disease prevalence among Medicare beneficiaries, including new enrollees, is a key driver of health care spending. Read the article


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