Joanne C.

YMCA Center for Community Impact

"Our small group celebrated our successes together. We cried at our shared frustrations with our body image and temptations of our past habits. We held our collective breathes as we weighed in each week. It has been exciting and humbling to see others lose weight and embrace the program." Joanne Clark painted this picture of her experience in the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program.

Working in a clinical laboratory, Joanne had been watching her glucose levels slowly rise over the years and had been struggling to lose and keep off the same 20-30 pounds her whole adult life. Diabetes runs in her family so when she heard about the program, she applied that same day.

She had tried other programs that got her motivated at the beginning, but left her gradually slipping back into her previous unhealthy habits. She liked the Y's program because it was a long-term commitment. "I figured the year commitment would force me to be good and learn the habits necessary to stay healthy and not slip over the edge into diabetes," she said.

Equipped with support, tools, goals, and daily regimens, Joanne lost 18 pounds after her first four months in the program. She has more energy and is able to breath more easily when working out. She was rewarded with a beautiful view in the San Juan Islands this past summer after completing a six-mile hike, all up hill.

"I love my new eating habits and don't feel deprived," she says. Her family is impressed with her commitment and weight loss and she highly recommends the program.