Prevent T2

In the Diabetes Prevention Program, a trained lifestyle coach will introduce topics in a supportive, small group environment and encourage participants as they explore how healthy eating, physical activity, and behavior changes can benefit their health.

To register for the Duluth Area Diabetes Prevention Program, call Valerie Morris at 218.241.8008 ext. 528 or email Thanks to our partners, Essentia Health and Juniper, this class is offered FREE and includes a free 4-month membership.

Take this test to see if you qualify.

The next class start in September 2023!


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The 12-month group-based program consists of one-hour sessions. They are:

  • Weekly for sessions 1-16
  • Every other week for session 17-19
  • Monthly for sessions 20-26


Discuss topics such as healthy eating, increasing physical activity, reducing stress, problem solving and much more in a small group setting facilitated by a trained Lifestyle Coach.


Group support from others who share your goals and struggles will help keep you motivated to maintain progress.



Lose 5-7% of your body weight
Gradually increase your physical activity to 150 minutes per week

You will do this by learning strategies for:


Healthy Eating

Eating smaller portions, reducing fat in your diet and discovering healthier food options has been proven to help prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes.

Increasing Physical Activity

Studies have repeatedly shown that moderate physical activity (walking, swimming, mowing the lawn) for as little as 30 minutes, five days a week can help improve your blood pressure, raise your good cholesterol and prevent blood flow problems.

Losing Weight

It has been shown that reducing your body weight by even a small amount (as little as 7%) can offer tremendous benefits for people at risk for diabetes.

Could You Have Prediabetes? Take the Risk Test

To be eligible for the NDPP lifestyle change program, you must meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • Be 18 years or older
  • Be overweight (body mass index above 24, or 22 if you are Asian)
  • Have NOT been diagnosed with type 1 or type 2 diabetes
  • Are NOT pregnant

In addition, you must meet ONE of the following criteria:

  • Have had a recent blood test in the prediabetes range, which includes one of the following tests and results:
    • Hemoglobin A1C: 5.7–6.4% or
    • Fasting plasma glucose: 100–125 mg/dL or
    • Two-hour plasma glucose (after a 75 gm glucose load): 140–199 mg/dL
  • Have received a result of high risk for type 2 diabetes on the Prediabetes Risk Test.
  • A doctor previously diagnosed you with gestational diabetes.


Duluth Area classes are FREE with support from Essentia Health, the Minnesota Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Cook County YMCA fees are $100 for YMCA members and $200 for the community. Income-based scholarships are available as well as a monthly payment plan with a credit card on file.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have been involved in extensive research on prediabetes and diabetes in the United States. Their findings suggest that this disease continues to be a growing issue for people of all ages and backgrounds:

  • Diabetes affects 25.8 million people in the United States.
  • Recent studies estimate that 79 million Americans over the age of 20 have prediabetes.
  • Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.
  • In 2010, roughly 1.9 million new cases of diabetes in people over the age of 20 were diagnosed.
  • People with diabetes are about 50% more likely to die than people of the same age without diabetes.
  • Medical expenses for people with diabetes are 2.3 times greater than those without.
  • People with diabetes are between 2-4 times more likely to have a stroke and die from heart disease.
  • Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness in people aged 20-74.
  • People with diabetes are at greater risk for nerve damage, dental disease, lower limb amputation, depression, and complications during pregnancy.

Based on research funded by the National Institutes of Health, the program has been shown to reduce the number of new cases of type 2 diabetes by as much as 58%. The reduction was even greater, 71%, among adults aged 60 years or older.

Diabetes Prevention Program classes are sponsored by the Duluth Area YMCA with support from Essentia Health, the Minnesota Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.