YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program



The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program helps those at high risk adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles and reduce their chances of developing type 2 diabetes.

The YMCA Diabetes Prevention program is based on the landmark Diabetes Prevention Program funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which showed that by eating healthier, increasing physical activity and losing a small amount of weight, a person with prediabetes can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes by 58%.

In a classroom setting, a trained lifestyle coach will help you change your lifestyle by learning about healthy eating, physical activity and other behavior changes over the course of 16 one-hour sessions.
– Topics covered include nutrition, getting started with physical activity, overcoming stress, staying motivated, and more. After the initial 16 core sessions, you will meet monthly for up to a year for added support to help them maintain their progress.

Program Goals:
– Reduce body weight by 7%
– Gradually increase physical activity to at least 150 minutes per week



To qualify for the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, participants must have a BMI > 25* and have been diagnosed with prediabetes or at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes .

A diagnosis of prediabetes includes:

  • HbA1c between 5.7 and 6.4%
  • Fasting plasma glucose between 100  125 mg/dL
  • Random or casual blood glucose level of 2-hour Plasma Glucose between must be 140 – 199mg/dl
  • Physician diagnosis of prediabetes

High risk of developing type 2 diabetes includes (must have at least 2 risk factors):

  • blood pressure is 140/90 or higher
  • elevated cholesterol levels
  • participates in physical activity less than two times per week
  • has or had a parent or sibling with diabetes
  • has been diagnosed with prediabetes
  • had gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy), or given birth to a baby weighing more than 9 pounds
  • 45 years of age or older

Find out whether you're at risk for diabetes and are eligible for the program by answering a few questions>

New classes forming NOW with classes starting in October in Easton, Caroline County, Salisbury and Pocomoke City.  For more information about classes please contact Bridget Wheatley at bwheatley@ymcachesapeake.org or 410.726.1014.

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