Diabetes Prevention Program | YMCA DC

Diabetes Prevention Program

Programs such as YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program can help people with prediabetes and/or at risk for type 2 diabetes reduce their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by 58%. The reduction was even greater among adults aged 60 years or older with 71% according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

 How the program works? 

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is part of CDC led National Diabetes Prevention Program. It gets to the root of the diabetes epidemic by helping those at high risk of developing the disease make lifestyle changes. The program focuses on healthy eating, physical activity and weight management. 

Participants in the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program meet in a classroom setting as a group with a trained YMCA lifestyle coach for 16 weekly core sessions. During the sessions, they learn how to make healthier food choices, how to incorporate more physical activity into their daily routine and how to manage a healthy weight. After the initial 16 core sessions, participants meet monthly for added support to help them maintain their progress. 

Program Goals: 
1) Reduce body weight by 7%
2) Increase physical activity to 150 minutes per week

• Must be 18 or older,
• Overweight/obese (BMI > 25)
• High risk for developing type 2 diabetes, or have been diagnosed with prediabetes.
* YMCA membership is not required! 

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. 

Eligibility and Pre-Registration
Complete a Printable Brochure  and send it to the Diabetes Prevention Program Coordinator at [email protected] 

Program Payer Options
Program Fees – contact the Diabetes Prevention Program Coordinator at [email protected] for details 

What is Diabetes? 

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

What is Prediabetes?   

Prediabetes is a condition in which individuals have blood glucose level that is higher than normal, but not high enough to be classified as diabetes. People with prediabetes are at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke.


  • 8.3 out of every 100 adults in the District of Colombia have diabetes, ranking it 4th highest in the nation for the ratio of people with diabetes to the general population.
  • 33.9 out of every 100,000 deaths in District of Columbia are due to diabetes, ranking District of Columbia 3rd highest in the nation for diabetes-related deaths. 

 Are you at risk? 

  • Overweight or obese (BMI >25) 
  • Family history of diabetes 
  • 45 years of age or older 
  • Sedentary lifestyle (lack of physical activity) 

Asses Your Risk:  


“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, Program Participant 

“In the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, you give and get encouragement and motivation from others as you learn practical ways to take control of your health.”
-Wade, Program Participant

“As a result of the program, I feel better, look better and I am living a healthier life.”
-James, Program Participant

Become a strategic Partner and help us change lives! 

Interested in partnering with the Y to help prevent the dangers of diabetes? You can also sponsor an individual to participate in the program with a modest donation. Contact the Diabetes Prevention Program Coordinator at [email protected].

1112 16TH Street NW, Washington, DC 20036
Email [email protected] or call 301-585- 2120

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