Change Today For A Healthier Tomorrow

If you’re struggling with weight and nutritional choices, you could be at a risk for diabetes. Being overweight and physically inactive puts you at a higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes. In fact, there are over 86 million Americans that have prediabetes but only 10% know that they have it.

It’s not too late; you can make a lifestyle change. We want to help through the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program. This program can help you learn how to make simple changes to lose weight, live healthier, and hopefully avoid the onset of the disease. A trained lifestyle coach provides facilitated group support and guidance on tactics to improve eating habits, physical activity and other life choices over the course of 25 one-hour sessions (16 weekly, 3 biweekly, and 6 monthly)

How Do I Participate?

In order to qualify for the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, you 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. Only a doctor can diagnose you with prediabetes. The following test results are qualifiers for the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program.

  • Fasting plasma glucose between 100-125 mg/dL
  • Hemoglobin A1c between 5.7% and 6.4%
  • 2 hour plasma glucose of 140-199 mg/dL
  • Pre-diabetes determined by clinical diagnosis of gestational diabetes (GDM) during a previous pregnancy.

To register or to find out if you are eligible, contact us at (574) 287-9622 or at

Community Partners

Memorial Hospital of South Bend joins hospitals and health systems across the country in moving from treating outcomes to preventing problems; taking treatment out of the hospital – keeping the community healthier through education and early intervention. The federal government-required Community Heath Needs Assessment (CHNA) conducted by Memorial identified DIABETES as one of the most significant healthcare concerns in our area. With the continued commitment and support of the YMCA and other partner organizations, to improve the overall health status of St. Joseph County, Memorial’s Community Health Enhancement is pleased to make local health data and resources available to our community and help promote our partnerships’ successful results.