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diabetes prevention program

Type 2 diabetes. Most people have heard about this serious health condition that can lead to heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, high blood pressure, and blindness. There is no cure for type 2 diabetes. But many people don’t know about prediabetes, which happens before type 2 diabetes. Unlike type 2 diabetes, prediabetes can be reversed.

Information for Health Care Providers


Prediabetes occurs when blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough for a type 2 diabetes diagnosis. Risk for developing type 2 diabetes may be reduced or eliminated by weight loss, healthier eating and increased physical activity.


It’s possible. More than 86 million adults in the U.S. have prediabetes and only about 9 million are aware of it. Prediabetes increases the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

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 reduce the risks this condition can pose to your health.


The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program helps adults at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles by eating healthier, increasing physical activity, and losing a modest amount of weight in order to reduce their chances of developing the disease.

Research by the National Institutes of Health has shown that programs like the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program can reduce the number of new cases of type 2 diabetes by 58%. The reduction is even greater, 71%, among adults aged 60 years or older.


The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is a yearlong program. A trained Lifestyle Coach facilitates a small group of participants in a classroom setting. The supportive group works together to learn about healthier eating, physical activity, reducing stress, and other behavior changes.

The program consists of 25 sessions. The program’s supportive group environment encourages participants to stay motivated to maintain progress towards program goals.

As a participant, you’ll enjoy:
  • A safe space where you can feel comfortable sharing and learning in private.
  • Making new friends who will support you as you trade old habits for healthier new ones.
  • Working as a group. You don’t have to figure this out alone.
  • The new energy and confidence that comes with losing weight and reducing your risk for diabetes.
  • Reduce body weight by 7%
  • Increase physical activity to 150 minutes per week

In order to qualify for the program, you must be at least 18 years old, overweight (BMI > 25)* and at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes indicated by a confirmatory blood value, prediabetes determined by clinical diagnosis of Gestational Diabetes (GDM) during previous pregnancy, or a qualifying risk score.

*Asian individual(s) BMI > 22
Individuals who have already been diagnosed with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes do not qualify for this program.

This yearlong program costs $429 and includes a free 10-month Family Membership to the Y. The YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program may be a covered benefit under your health insurance policy or worksite wellness program.

To find out whether YMCA’s DPP is covered under your policy and to determine any cost-sharing responsibilities, contact your insurance company, health plan administrator, or wellness program sponsor. The YMCA also offers Financial Assistance to ensure that all community members can participate, regardless of ability to pay. 

To find out if you qualify, or for additional information, contact:
Lisa Van Dyk, Instructor
YMCA of Southern Maine
70 Forest Ave., Portland, ME 04101
207-874-1111 ext 342  
Email Lisa
Next class starts late November 2018, at our Greater Portland branch in downtown Portland.



Let's face it, if change were easy, we'd all do it.  You've spent years developing habits that you can't expect to change overnight. It's tough. We can help. The YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program gives you the skills you need and the support you deserve to make lasting, healthy lifestyle changes.

The YMCA of Southern Maine complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex. Notice of Privacy Practices.

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The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program uses a CDC-approved curriculum and is part of the CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program.
The YMCA of Southern Maine and the National Council of Young Men’s Christian Association of the United States of America (“YMCA of the USA”) have made a commitment to collaborate with the nation’s YMCAs 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. YMCA of the USA nor any YMCA offering the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention
Program warrants or guarantees any specific outcomes for program participants with respect to diabetes prevention.