Diabetes Prevention

The YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program helps adults at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes reduce their risk of developing the disease by taking steps to improve their overall health and well-being. Research by the National Institutes of Health shows that programs like YDPP can reduce the number of new type 2 diabetes cases by 58% and in 71% of adults over the age of 60.


The program is held for one year, with an initial set of 16 weekly sessions followed by monthly sessions held in small, classroom based sessions. Participants learn about ways to eat healthier and how to increase physical activity. The goals of the program are to reduce participants body weight by 7% and to increase physical activity to 150 minutes per week.


The YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program uses a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) approved curriculum and is part of the CDC's National Diabetes Prevention Program. YDPP is available to all individuals who qualify, regardless of their insurance status. Additionally, Y membership is not required to participate in the program.


Across the country, 173 Ys in 43 states have delivered YDPP. In Virginia, the Alleghany Highlands YMCA, the Southside Virginia Family YMCA, the YMCA of Greater Richmond, the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington, and the YMCA of South Hampton Roads offer YDPP.