YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program


The YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program helps those at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles by eating healthier, increasing physical activity and losing a modest amount of weight in order to reduce their chances of developing the disease. This is a 12-month program consisting of 16 core session s followed by monthly maintenance sessions.


Based on research led by the National Institutes of Health, the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program reduces the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58%.


  • Reduce body weight by 7%
  • Gradually increase physical activity to at least 150 minutes per week

Can I participate?

To qualify for the program, individuals must be overweight and at high risk for developing diabetes or overweight and have been diagnosed by a physician as someone with prediabetes.

Am I at risk?

Your doctor can tell you if you are at risk. He/She can can determine this through a blood test with one of the following results:

  • Fasting plasma glucose between 100-125 mg/dL
  • HbA1c between 5.7% and 6.4%
  • Random or casual blood glucose level of 240-199 mg/dL or higher
  • A combination of risk factors such as family history, overweight, gestational diabetes, elevated cholesterol, etc., may also put you at high risk
  • Qualifying factors for joining the program are being at least 18 years of age and having a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 25 or more

The participant will then need to have two of the following seven conditions:

  • High Cholesterol
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Being physically active 2 or less days per week
  • Being diagnosed with prediabetes by a physician
  • Having had gestational diabetes or having had a baby weighing more than nine pounds at birth
  • Being 45 years of age or older
  • Having a parent or sibling who is/was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes


Please contact your local Y for the next start date and more information.

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