Diabetes Prevention Program


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.
Research by the National Institutes of Health has shown that programs like the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program can reduce the number of new cases of type 2 diabetes by 58% and 71% in adults over age 60.


In a classroom setting, a trained lifestyle coach will facilitate a small group of participants in learning about healthier eating, physical activity and other behavior changes over 25 sessions. The year-long program consists of 16 weekly sessions and three sessions every other week during the first six months followed by 6 monthly sessions in the second six months.

Program Goals:

  • Reduce body weight by 7%
  • Increase physical activity to 150 minutes per week


Susan Buell at 253-460-8912


Empowering Women for Wellness is a FREE program for pregnant women and new moms to improve their health through physical activity, nutrition, and skill-building.

As part of the program, women can:

  • Attend local Empowering Women for Wellness SNAP-Ed classes
  • Join a supportive group of pregnant women and new moms
  • Engage in meaningful conversation, skill-building, nutrition discussions, and physical activity
  • Bring along a partner or support person (optional)

Each class offers:

  • Physical activity
  • Exciting topics: Menu Planning, Know Your Numbers, Quick Meals & Snacks, Food Budgeting, Store Tours, Hydration, Balance, and much more!
  • Support from a health educator
  • Meaningful discussions
  • Safe and supportive environment


Susan Buell at 253-460-8912

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