Diabetes Prevention Program

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 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.




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. Payment plans as well as financial assistance are available. Enrollment in the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program includes a free adult membership (worth over $740).




If interested in more information about the Diabetes Program please fill out and email this Enrollment 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

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