YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program helps those at high risk of 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.
If you’re at risk for type 2 diabetes, you can make small, measurable changes that can reduce your risk and help you live a happier, healthier life.


To help reduce your risk for diabetes, your goal in the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is to reduce your body weight by 5-7% and increase your physical activity by at least 150 minutes per week within the first half of the program.


The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program gives you the skills you need and the  support you deserve to make lasting, healthy lifestyle changes. Change is tough – we can help.
As a participant in the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, you will take 26 classes over the course of a year surrounded by a group of supportive people with common goals who care about your well-being.

Led by a trained Lifestyle Coach, you’ll enjoy:
  • A safe space where you can feel comfortable sharing and learning in private.
  • Making new friends. You will support each other as you all 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.
  • The flexibility of beginning the program when it’s convenient for you. Classes begin with no fewer than 10 participants and no more than 18 participants. If there is space in a newly formed class, you can join up to the 2nd session.


The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is a one-year, community-based, lifestyle intervention program for overweight adults who are at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
To participate, you must be:
  • 18 years or older,
  • Overweight (BMI ≥ 25)*, and
  • Diagnosed with prediabetes via one of three blood tests or a previous diagnosis of gestational diabetes.**
If you don’t have a blood test result, you must have a qualifying risk score. Take this quick test offered by the CDC to learn yours.


  • The 12-month YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program costs $429 per person and includes:
    • 26 one-hour sessions delivered over the course of a year
    • Weekly and biweekly sessions during the first 6 months followed by monthly sessions during the second 6 months to help maintain progress and stay motivated
    • A lifestyle coach for 12 months of education and support
    • Progress reports to your primary care physician
  • The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is available to ALL individuals who qualify, regardless of their insurance status.
  • A Y membership is not required for participation in this program.
  • Financial assistance is available to those who qualify.



Have questions about the program, including financial assistance, and more? Click below to get in touch with the people who can help!

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 crucial skills and ongoing support to make lasting changes.


* Asian individual(s) BMI ≥ 23
** Qualified blood results in the prediabetes range are needed to confirm eligibility. Individuals who have already been diagnosed with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes do not qualify for this program.

Greater Somerset County YMCA complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex.

ATTENTION: If you speak English, language assistance services, free of charge, are available to you. Call 1-877-652-1148 (TTY: 1-711-652-1148).
ATENCIÓN: si habla español, tiene a su disposición servicios gratuitos de asistencia lingüística. Llame al 1-877-652-1148 (TTY: 1-711-652-1148).

The Y is a leading nonprofit committed to improving the nation’s health. Financial assistance is available to those who qualify. Please contact the Y for more information.

YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program (“YMCA’s DPP”) uses a CDC-approved curriculum and is part of the CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program. YMCA of the USA offers access to YMCA’s DPP through a network of local YMCAs, and YMCA’s DPP may or may not be a covered benefit under your health insurance policy, worksite wellness program, Medicare Plan, or other applicable federally funded healthcare 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, wellness program sponsor, Medicare or Medicaid. Any dispute regarding coverage of YMCA’s DPP should be brought to your insurance provider or benefit program administrator. Neither YMCA of the USA nor any local YMCA warrants or guarantees any specific outcome for YMCA’s DPP participants with respect to diabetes prevention.