Deb H.

Tacoma Center YMCA

Since deciding to be a part of the Tacoma Center YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) Carol, Melissa, and Debbie began their journey to a healthier lifestyle through small group facilitation focusing on how to maintain a positive mindset, along with food and exercise tips.

The DPP program provides a supportive environment where participants work together in a small group to learn about healthier eating and increasing their physical activity in order to reduce their risk for developing diabetes. “This class has truly helped me to break through the fitness barriers I have struggled with for a long time and has given me the knowledge and support to push myself everyday” said one participant.

As the group approaches the end of their 16-week program, participants have not only improved their overall health and well-being, but revolutionized their attitudes towards living a healthier lifestyle. “Now when I don’t make the best choices, I don’t beat myself up as much and I don’t quit like I used to” stated another participant. "Now I have the confidence to still enjoy my life but also have the mental strength to know that regardless of an off day I will still continue forward towards a healthier, better life.”

Deb Haywood, one of the YMCA’s Health Coaches for DPP is proud to facilitate this session and is walking the transformational journey with the participants, so no one feels alone. “When someone in the group experiences success in some way through the program, it makes me feel like I am making a difference,” says Deb. “One of the participants said she hadn’t experienced hope in a long time, and DPP was that hope found here at the Y.”

To  learn more about the Y’s Diabetes Prevention Program and other Chronic Disease Programming, contact Susan Buell at