YMCA of Southern Maine

For a Better Us.™

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.

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