Chronic Disease Prevention Programs

The YMCA offers community-based healthy aging and chronic disease prevention programs and services that support people in changing their lifestyles, managing stress levels and adopting beneficial fitness and nutrition behaviors for every stage of life.

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Chronic Disease Prevention

YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program


The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program helps those at high risk adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles and reduce their chances of developing type 2 diabetes

The program is based on the landmark Diabetes Prevention Program

The program is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which showed that by eating healthier, increasing physical activity and losing a small amount of weight, a person with pre-diabetes can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes by 58%.

In a classroom setting, a trained lifestyle coach will help you change your lifestyle by learning about healthy eating, physical activity and other behavior changes over the course of 16 one-hour sessions. Topics covered include nutrition, getting started with physical activity, overcoming stress, staying motivated, and more. After the initial 16 core sessions, you will meet monthly for up to a year for added support to help maintain your progress.

  • Evidence-based to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes by 58%.
  • The program emphasizes two primary goals: reduce body weight by 7% and increase physical activity by 150 minute per week.

To sign up, participants must be:

  1. At least 18 years old;
  2. Overweight (BMI ≥25) AND diagnosed with prediabetes via a blood test of gestational diabetes.
  3. If a blood test is not available, can qualify based on risk factors.

For more information, please email us at or call 317.269 6004.

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Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program

Helping Adults with Hypertension

In support of Million Hearts® efforts, the goal of this evidence-based program  is to help participants lower and control blood pressure through self-monitoring.

Participants work with trained Healthy Heart Ambassadors to record their blood pressure readings using an easy-to-use, self-selected tracking tool and, over four months, are encouraged to:

  • Self-measure their blood pressure at least two times a month
  • Attend two personalized consultations a month
  • Attend monthly nutrition education seminars


  1. Participants must be at least 18 years old, and
  2. Diagnosed with hypertension

For more information, please email us at or call 317.269.6004.

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