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Diabetes Prevention Program

Did you know that 1 in 3 adults in the United States has prediabetes, yet only 7% of individuals know they have it? With 26 million adults suffering from diabetes, taking preventative measures has become increasingly important.

Diabetes is a serious health condition that can lead to heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, high blood pressure, and blindness.

Prediabetes is a condition in which an individual has elevated blood glucose levels, but not high enough to be diagnosed with diabetes. People with prediabetes are at risk for not only developing type 2 diabetes, but also cardiovascular diseases and other conditions. Approximately 79 million people in the United States are estimated to have prediabetes. 

Assess Your Risk in Two EZ Steps
       1.  Calculate your BMI
       2.  Complete our printable 
Risk Assessment

If you have been diagnosed with prediabetes, or believe you may be at risk for developing the disease, the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program can help you develop a healthier lifestyle and work with you to reduce the risks this condition can pose to your health.

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is part of the CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program. 

YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program 
       Program Details
       Program Fees
       Program Fees
       UnitedHealthcare Members
       Scholarship Process 

       Find a Class
       Current Class Schedule - Classes are available at several branches and offsite locations including 
       YMCA National Capital, Silver Spring, Alexandria, YMCA Potomac Overlook and Reston.

       Register for a Class
                 (1) Complete a Printable Brochure  and send it to us at OR 
                 (2) Email us at EZ-mail Pre-Registration 


 “The Diabetes Prevention class was great! It was instrumental in improving my physical  activity and eating  habits. Most importantly, I met the program goals of losing 7% of my  body weight during the 16 week sessions.I was able to do this by monitoring my fat intake  each week by utilizing the tools we were given throughout the program."  -T. Williams

“This is a wonderful program and should be shared with more people to help them prevent  the dread of becoming a diabetic. It was not always easy to make lifestyle changes and I  am still working on it, however, this class has given me the tools to continue my journey  for a positive health style change. It worked for me and I feel that others can benefits from  this program. I plan to attend the maintenance program and look forward to saying NO to  becoming a diabetic.”  -G. Sutton

Our Partners help us change lives every day

Strategic Partnership Development

Interested in partnering with the Y to help prevent the dangers of diabetes? 
Contact Irmina Ulysse today!

THANK YOU to our strategic partners:


How You Can Help
You can sponsor an individual to participate in the program with a modest donation of $7.80 per session ($325 for the yearlong program). Contact or call 202-862-9622, ext. 3171.

     Irmina Ulysse
     YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program Director

     YMCA National Capital
     1711 Rhode Island Ave, NW
     Washington, DC 20036

     Email or call me at (202) 862-9622, ext. 3171

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YMCA of Metropolitan Washington D.C., and the National Council of Young Men’s Christian Association of the United States of America, have made a commitment to collaborate on efforts to support a national movement to increase awareness and take measures to prevent diabetes and its complications among groups at risk, and to help support treatment outcomes for individuals who have confirmed diagnoses or indications of prediabetes by promoting an effective lifestyle change. The parties referenced above do not warrant or guarantee any specific outcomes for program participants, with respect to diabetes prevention.
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