YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program

Now Covered by Medicare!

Diabetes Prevention at the YMCA is now accepting Medicare Part B.  Traditional Medicare Part B will now cover the Diabetes Prevention Program cost in full starting May of 2019. We are excited to expand DPP coverage in the Cedar Rapids Community!  The Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program is a one-year program with an additional year available for those who maintain a 5% weight loss.

Participants with part B can participate if they not diabetic and have a qualifying blood test (A1C of 5.7-6.4 or fasting glucose of 110-125) in the past three months. Part B holders can register for the program by contacting Kyle at lichthardt@crmetroymca.org.  Those who do not have Part B can still participate in the program.

Diabetes is a serious health condition that can lead to heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, high blood pressure, and blindness. Prediabetes is a potentially reversible condition that often leads to type 2 diabetes, and 79 million people in the United States are estimated to have it. If you have been diagnosed with prediabetes, or believe you may be at risk for developing the disease, the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program can help you develop a healthier lifestyle and work with you to reduce the risks this condition can pose to your health.

Based on effective efforts researched by the National Institutes of Health, the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program will help you learn about and adopt the healthy eating and physical activity habits that have been proven to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 50-71%. Through the program you will receive support and encouragement from both a trained lifestyle coach and fellow classmates as you develop a plan for improving and maintaining your overall well-being.

Class Schedule

Next Information Session:  TBD

Next Session Dates TBD


Please contact Kyle or Emmaly to be put on the waitlist.


Contact for class session dates and more program details: Healthy Living Director, Kyle Lichthardt, 319.366.6421 or lichthardt@crmetroymca.org

How to Register:

Download the Intake Form and email to DPP@crmetroymca.org or bring it in to the Helen G. Nassif YMCA.

Scholarships are available to ALL participants!

How it Works

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.

Program Goals:

  • Lose 7% of your body weight
  • Gradually increase your physical activity to 150 minutes per week
You will do this by learning daily 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 diabetes1.

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 problems2.

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 diabetes3.

Program Fee:

$429; includes 25 classes AND four month membership to the YMCA. There is financial assistance for anyone who cannot afford the full price.  Lifetime discounted membership is offered upon sufficient program completion! Now covered by Medicare!

A free informational session is provided before the start of every session. Classes start when we receive a minimum of 8 participants. Add your name to the waiting list at any time to be contacted when the next class begins.

Are you at risk for type 2 diabetes?

An estimated one in three U.S. adults has prediabetes, yet just 11% of those with prediabetes know they have it. Take the quiz by clicking the link provided to learn if you are at risk for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes.

Based on research funded by the National Institutes of Health, Indiana University and the CDC, 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.

What Is Prediabetes?

Prediabetes is a condition in which individuals have blood glucose levels that are higher than normal, but not high enough to be classified as diabetes. People with prediabetes are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

View the CDC info pages on diabetes: