Diabetes Prevention Program

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The YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-led National Diabetes Prevention Program and is nationally supported by the Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance.


The 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. The program, which is led by a trained Lifestyle Coach in a classroom setting, is delivered over a 12-month period, beginning with 16 weekly sessions followed by monthly maintenance.




Contact Erin Widener at or 907-563-3211.




Being overweight or obese (i.e., BMI of 25 or higher)
First-degree family history of diabetes
Being age 45 or older
Sedentary lifestyle
Low HDL Cholesterol (35 mg/dl; 0.09 mmol/l) and high triglycerides (250 mg/dl;2.82 mmol/l)
High blood pressure (consistent reading of 140/90mmHg or higher)
History of gestational diabetes or gave birth to a baby weighing more than 9 pounds
Belonging to one of the following ethnic populations: African Americans, Native American Indians, Latinos, Asian, Americans, and Pacific Islanders
Having polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
Having a history of vascular disease


Take our online Diabetes Risk Assessment HERE >




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




Please contact Erin Widener at or 907-563-3211 for information about program fees. Insurance and financial assistance options may apply.




If interested in more information about the Diabetes Program please fill out and email this form to Erin Widener at and she will get in touch with you.


The YMCA and these other national organizations are standing together to urge everyone to learn their risk for developing type 2 diabetes.


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Midtown Location (Main)

Anchorage Community YMCA
5353 Lake Otis Pkwy
Anchorage, AK 99507
Phone (907) 563-3211


Southside Location

Southside YMCA At Dimond
800 E Dimond Blvd #3
Anchorage, AK 99515
Phone (907) 344-7788


Mat-Su Location

The Mat-Su YMCA is already working with other groups in the community to determine the needs of our local youth. LEARN MORE