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Diabetes Alert Day is March 28; the Madison Area YMCA Invites the Community to Take the Online Risk Assessment


The Madison Area YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program acknowledges Diabetes Alert Day on Tuesday, March 28, and encourages all in the community to take the risk assessment to find out if you’re at risk for type 2 diabetes.

You can make small, measurable changes that can reduce your risk and help you live a happier, healthier life. Change is tough. We can help. To take the risk assessment online, visit

86 million Americans have pre-diabetes, a condition that puts an individual at risk for being diagnosed with diabetes. The Madison Area YMCA is proud to offer the Diabetes Prevention Program, developed through work at the National Institute of Health (NIH) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Research shows that lifestyle changes are very effective in reducing your risk.

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The program includes: 16 weekly sessions, followed by 3 bi-monthly sessions and 6 monthly sessions; Group format that offers motivation and support; Day and evening sessions and the tools you need to make lasting changes. Program participation does not require a physician prescription or a YMCA membership.

You may be at risk for prediabetes or diabetes if you have three or more of the following: Blood pressure of 140/90 or higher; Above-normal cholesterol levels; Inactive lifestyle (exercising less than 2x/week); Family history of diabetes; History of gestational diabetes; Overweight with a BMI greater than or equal to 25 (22 if of Asian descent); Aged 45 years or older. 

If you fall into three or more categories, it does NOT mean you have prediabetes or diabetes. A blood test performed by a doctor is needed to find out.

For more information about the Diabetes Prevention Program, please contact Diabetes Prevention Program Coordinator Ellen Kranefuss at 973.822.9622 x2310.

The Y is a leading nonprofit committed to improving the nation’s health. Financial assistance is available to those who qualify. Please contact the Y for more information.

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program uses a CDC-approved curriculum and is part of the CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program.

As a cause-driven charitable organization, the Madison Area YMCA believes everyone, regardless of age, income or background, should have the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. For more information about financial assistance or to make a donation, please call 973-822-YMCA (9622) or visit

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