YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program

Change is tough. We can help.

The YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program is based on the landmark Diabetes Prevention study, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which showed that by eating healthier, engaging in moderate physical activity and losing just 7% of your body weight, a person with pre-diabetes can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes by up to 71%.  That's only 14 pounds for a 200-pound adult.

In a small group setting a trained lifestyle coach will help you build healthy lifestyle habits by introducing new options for healthy eating, physical activity and other healthy lifestyle changes. 

All sessions are one-hour in length.  The program begins with 16 consecutive weekly sessions, transitioning to three sessions every other week, then one session each month for 6 additional months to cement the positive changes to your new healthy lifestyle.

Topics covered include nutrition, getting started with physical activity, overcoming stress, staying motivated, and more.

Program Goals:

  • Reduce body weight by 7%
  • Gradually increase moderate physical activity to at least 150 minutes per week

Do I qualify for the program?

There are two ways to qualify.  Either your doctor can perform a simple evaluation or you can take a very short, 9 question risk analysis to see if you are at risk and qualify for the program.


If you have had one of the following blood values in the last 12 months, you may also qualify for the program:

  • HbA1c between 5.7% and 6.4%
  • Fasting plasma glucose between 100 - 125 mg/dL
  • 2-hour plasma glucose level of 140-199 mg/dL or higher

Your doctor is aware of the tremendous benefits of the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program and would welcome your participation.  Please keep your doctor updated regularly about your participation, weight loss and the lifestyle changes you have made to improve your health.  It is not uncommon to experience other benefits such as lowered blood pressure, more energy and increased stamina as a result of your participation in the program.

Currently enrolling at these locations. New classes are offered throughout the Dallas Metroplex as need arises:

Schedule and Locations

 Location  Date  Day  Time
Richardson Family YMCA August 22, 2018 Wednesday 11:00AM
Waxahachie Family YMCA September 4, 2018 Tuesday 6:30PM
Grand Prairie Family YMCA May 23, 2019 Thursday 6:30PM
New Locations Coming Soon!