YMCA of Greater Erie

Diabetes Prevention Program

Are you at risk for developing type 2 diabetes? This small-group program helps people with prediabetes eat healthier, increase their physical activity, and lose weight, which can delay or even prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes.

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic disease that causes blood sugar levels to rise higher than normal. Diabetes affects more than 29 million people. A condition called prediabetes occurs when blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough for a type 2 diabetes diagnosis. More than 86 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk of developing diabetes. Diabetes has no cure, but prediabetes can be reversed.

Chances are you know at least one person with diabetes and probably more than one with prediabetes. To find out if you are at risk, take this quick test. Then share the test with friends and family.


Lifestyle coaches help participants reach the following goals:

  • lose a minimum of 7% of your starting weight
  • increase your physical activity to 150 minutes a week

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be 18 or older
  • Must have a BMI of 24 or greater
  • Have NO previous diagnosis of Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes
  • Either have a blood test result in the prediabetes range in the last year or score a 9 or higher on the CDC diabetes risk assessment
  • Previous diagnosis of gestational diabetes

If you feel you meet one or more of the eligibility requirements please contact: Lana Kunik, Prevention Services Coordinator at the Sight Center of Northwest PA at (814) 455-0995 ext. 101 or lanak@sightcenternwpa.org.

The program is limited to 20 class participants and meets for one year.


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