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.

These classes are currently FREE with support from Essentia Health, Healthy Northland, and the Minnesota Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.



The 12-month group-based program consists of:

  • 16 one-hour weekly sessions,
  • followed by monthly sessions led by a trained lifestyle coach who facilitates a small group of people with similar goals.


Discuss topics such as healthy eating, increasing physical activity, reducing stress, problem solving and much more.


Stay motivated to maintain progress towards program goals with monthly maintenance sessions.



Lose 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.

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 Healthy Northland, Essentia Health, the Minnesota Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Spring 2019 Class offerings:

Tuesday, March 12th 4:00pm-Woodland Community Center

Fees: Downtown Duluth classes are FREE with support from Essentia Health, Healthy Northland, and 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.





o I am at least 18 years old o I am overweight (BMI ≥ 25: click to calculate BMI) o I am at risk for developing type 2 diabetes or have been diagnosed with prediabetes by a healthcare provider


o A1c: (must be 5.7% – 6.4%) o Fasting Plasma Glucose: (must be 100 – 125 mg/dL) o 2-hour (75 gm glucola) Plasma Glucose: (must be 140 – 199 mg/dL) o Prediabetes determined by clinical diagnosis of Gestational Diabetes (GDM) during previous pregnancy


Prediabetes means your blood glucose (sugar) is higher than normal, but not yet diabetes. Type 2 diabetes can be delayed or prevented in people with prediabetes through effective lifestyle programs. Take the first step. Find out your risk for prediabetes.

Answer these seven questions – for each “Yes” answer, add the number of points listed: YES NO
Are you a woman who has had a baby weighing more than 9 pounds at birth? 1 0
Do you have a parent with diabetes? 1 0
Do you have a brother or sister with diabetes? 1 0
Is your BMI > 25 (Use the calculator above.)? 5 0
Are you younger than 65 years of age and get little or no physical activity in a typical day? 5 0
Are you between 45 and 64 years of age? 5 0
Are you 65 years of age or older? 9 0

If your “yes” answers score 9 or higher, then you may be at risk for prediabetes or diabetes, and may qualify for the program. This does NOT mean you have diabetes. You will need a blood test to confirm if you have diabetes.

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 ages 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.


To Register for the Duluth Area Diabetes Prevention Program

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To Register for the Cook County Diabetes Prevention Program call Emily Marshall at 218.387.3386 x 506, email at, pick up a registration packet at the front desk, or download and print our Diabetes Prevention Program Registration Form.