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%.

We encourage everyone to take control of their health and learn if they are at risk for type 2 diabetes. Take the Diabetes Risk Assessment.

The Program

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

Payment plans are available. Thank you to St. Joseph's Hospital Healthy Community Fund and United Way through their generous support we are able to offer classes at a reduced rate. To see if this program is a covered benefit, please check with your employer or health insurance provider.

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

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 Eating
  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

For more information on dates and times, please see our program guide