The YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program helps those at high risk adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles and reduce their chances of developing type 2 diabetes.

The YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program is based on the landmark Diabetes Prevention Program funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which showed that by eating healthier, increasing physical activity, and losing a small amount of weight, a person with pre-diabetes can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes by 58%.

In a classroom setting, a trained lifestyle coach helps program participants change their lifestyles by learning about healthy eating, physical activity, and other behavior changes over the course of 16 one-hour sessions.  Topics covered include nutrition, getting started with physical activity, overcoming stress, staying motivated, and more.  After the initial core sessions, participants will meet monthly for up to a year for added support to help them maintain their progress.

The YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program is growing nationwide.  Eleven YMCA associations offer the program in over 88 communities throughout Ohio.  To learn about all of these offerings, click on each Y association listed below.

Akron Area YMCA

YMCA of Central Ohio


YMCA of Greater Cleveland

YMCA of Greater Cincinnati

YMCA of Greater Dayton

YMCA and JCC of Greater Toledo

Lima Family YMCA

Ohio Valley YMCA

Putnam County YMCA

Sidney-Shelby County YMCA

YMCA of Youngstown

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