Local YMCAs Team Up for Diabetes Prevention

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program debuts at the Le Mars YMCA next month, thanks to an assist from the Norm Waitt Sr. YMCA [in South Sioux City].

“Living in Le Mars, I noticed that there aren’t many medically-based wellness programming like the Prescription Health classes here at the Norm Waitt Sr. YMCA,” said Jacque Perez, NWSYMCA Wellness Director. “So I started by reaching out – and what better place than the local Y. After our initial meeting, the Le Mars YMCA was excited at the prospects of offering a program. And since type 2 diabetes is a huge issue in every community, they wanted to host a diabetes prevention program. We have the staff and the training, they have the facilities and the need, so we decided it was a perfect match.”

This joint program will be presented by the Norm Waitt Sr. YMCA and hosted by the Le Mars YMCA with the initial session launching September 2.

Adults, at least 18 years of age, with a high risk for developing type 2 diabetes or already diagnosed as prediabetic are the program’s target.

Participants will learn strategies for healthy eating, getting started with physical activity, overcoming stress and staying motivated in supportive, small group setting.

“We’re passionate about enriching and improving the life’s of program participants so they can hopefully avoid all the health downfalls associated with type 2 diabetes,” Amanda Caboth, NWSYMCA Prescription Health Coordinator, commented.

Such conditions include heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, high blood pressure, blindness and amputations.

DPPThe YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is a 1 year program based on research funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which showed that by eating healthier, increasing physical activity and losing a modest amount of weight, a person with prediabetes can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.

Perez continued, “The Le Mars Y was instrumental in getting the ball rolling with the local hospital and doctors, who were all onboard and referring patients right away. Everything just grew from there! We’re ahead of the game when it comes to this kind of thing – YMCAs sharing services – so we’re eager to get the collaboration going.”

To see if you qualify and to find out more information about the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, contact:
Amanda Caboth


The Norm Waitt Sr. YMCA has been an essential part of the Siouxland community for over 125 years. As a diverse, non-profit organization, all members, volunteers, staff and contributors are joined together by the shared commitment to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Y strives to provide programs that build a healthy mind, body and spirit for all!