YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program


Reduce your diabetes risk and gain tools for healthy living

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program helps you take control of your health by adopting habits to reduce your chances of developing type 2 diabetes and improve your overall health and well-being. Research by the National Institutes of Health has proven that programs like the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program can reduce the number of cases of type 2 diabetes by nearly 60%.

This program has made a huge difference in my life. My blood pressure and cholesterol are back down where they are supposed to be. I have more energy. I want to do everything I can to stay on track and to keep myself motivated. I feel good about the fact that I am taking charge of my health and doing what I can to be healthy. This is really important to me at a time when health care is so expensive. This program did wonders for me and I know it can help other people as well.

- Marilyn, YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program Participant



The Program

Diabetes PreventionThe program provides a supportive environment where participants work together in a small group to learn about healthier eating and increasing their physical activity in order to reduce their risk for developing diabetes. The program, which is led by a trained Lifestyle Coach in a classroom setting, is delivered over a 12-month period, beginning with 16 weekly sessions followed by monthly maintenance.

In order to qualify for the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, participants must be at least 18 years old, overweight (BMI ≥ 25) and at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes or have been diagnosed with prediabetes†.

Program Goals

- Reduce body weight by 7%
- Increase physical activity to 150 minutes per week

Weekly session descriptions

1. Welcome to the Program
2. Be a Fat Detective
3. Ways to Eat Less Fat
4. Healthy Living
5. Move Those Muscles
6. Being Active: A way of life
7. Tip the Calorie Balance
8. Take Charge of What's Around You
9. Problem solving
10. Four Keys to Healthy Eating Out
11. Talk Back to Negative Thoughts
12. The Slippery Slope of Lifestyle Change
13. Jump Start Your Activity Plan
14. Make Social Cues Work for You
15. You Can Manage Stress
16. Ways to Stay Motivated.

† Individual who have already been diagnosed with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes do not qualify for this program.


The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-led National Diabetes Prevention Program and is nationally supported by the Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance.

People with health insurance provided by United Health Care should check with their employer about the availability of this program as a covered benefit, or contact the Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance to confirm eligibility at 1 800 237 4942.

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