1 YMCA Way
Greensburg, In 47240
812-663-YMCA (9622)

Did you know?

  • About 86 million American adults have prediabetes, a condition where blood glucose levels are higher than normal.
  • People with prediabetes are likely to develop type 2 diabetes within 10 years, unless they take action to prevent or delay the disease.
  • Diabetes is a leading cause of heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney disease and nerve disease.

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, you can work with others in a small group setting to learn how to adopt habits that will improve your overall health and well-being and reduce your risk.  Programs like the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program have been shown to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes in individuals over age 60 by 70%.

Support Group and Virtual Options Available

Next In-Person Class will meet: Saturdays starting January 27– May 25 from 9:30 am – 10:30 am.  Deadline to Register:  January 22nd.

Mondays: May 13– Aug 30 from 5:45 pm—6:45 pm.  Deadline to Register: May 8th

Tuesdays: Aug 13– Dec 3 from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm.  Deadline to Register: August 8th

Fees: $180 for YM and $250 for PM

For more information or to enroll, please contact Dawn Ernstes at dawnb@dcfymca.org or 812-663-9622 x 19.

Click here to download a flyer about the program


Prediabetes occurs when blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough for a type 2 diabetes diagnosis. Risk for developing type 2 diabetes may be reduced or eliminated by weight loss, healthier eating and increased physical activity.


The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is an evidence-based 12 month, small-group program designed to help people who are at high risk for developing Type-2 diabetes.  This program meets weekly for 16 weeks (the Core of the Program), then bi-weekly for sessions 17-19, and monthly for sessions 20-25.  These one-hour, educational sessions will cover topics such as eating less fat, increasing physical activity, how to reduce stress risk by making simple, healthier lifestyle choices and more. The program has two main goals: to lose 5% - 7% of your body weight and build up to 150 minutes of physical activity.  The YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program uses a CDC- approved curriculum and is part of the CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program.


To participate in the program, you must:

  • Have never been diagnosed with type 1 or type 2 diabetes.
  • Be 18 years or older.
  • Be overweight (BMI ≥ 25)*, and
  • Be diagnosed with prediabetes via one of the following:
    • An A1C value between 5.7% – 6.4%
    • A Fasting Blood Glucose test result between 100-125 mg/dL
    • 2-Hour (75 gm glucola) Plasma Glucose between 140-199 mg/dL
    • Previous diagnosis of Gestational Diabetes

*Asian individuals BMI ≥ 22

If you don't have a blood test result, you must have a qualifying risk score.  Click here to take an Online Quiz to see if you qualify for the program

Click here to print off a Prediabetes Screening Form

WANT TO LEARN MORE? Watch the Video below to see how the class will operate and what to expect.


Let's face it, if change were easy, we'd all do it!  You've spent years developing habits that you can't expect to change overnight.  It's tough and we can help!  The YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program gives you the skills you need and the support you deserve to make lasting healthy lifestyle changes.

Click here to read testimonials from previous class participants


Program costs vary depending on if you you have insurance that will pay for this program.  Certain United Health Care plans do cover it.  Payment plans are available. Scholarships are also available on a case by case basis where insurance is not an option.


  • Eating too much sugar does not cause diabetes, but being overweight is a risk factor.
  • People with prediabetes may not have any symptoms.
  • An estimated 86 million Americans ages 20 years and older have prediabetes. And 89% of that 86 million have NO IDEA they're at risk!
  • Experts agree that unless these adults take steps to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes, most of them will develop this disease within 10 years.
  • National Institutes of Health research has shown that programs like the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program reduces the number of new cases of type 2 diabetes by 58% overall and by 71% in people over 60.


If you have additional questions, please contact Dawn Ernstes, Chronic Disease Prevention Coordinator, at dawnb@dcfymca.org or call 812-663-9622 x 19.

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