The YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas

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Diabetes Prevention

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.


YMCA Diabetes Prevention 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 will help you change your lifestyle 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 16 core sessions, you will meet monthly for up to a year for added support to help them maintain their progress.

Program Goals:

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

Can I participate?

To qualify for the program, individuals must be overweight and at high risk for developing diabetes or overweight and have been diagnosed by a physician as someone with pre-diabetes.

Am I at risk?

Your doctor can tell you if you are at risk. He can determine this through a blood test with one of the following results:

  • Fasting plasma glucose between 100 - 125 mg/dL
  • HbA1c between 5.7% and 6.4%
  • Random or casual blood glucose level of 240-199 mg/dL or higher

A combination of risk factors such as family history, overweight, gestational diabetes, elevated cholesterol, etc., may also put you at high risk.


Schedules and Locations

 Location  Date  Day  Time

Farmers Branch Senior Center

April 17 Thurs 11:30-12:30pm
McKinney Starts Apr 3 Wed 6 - 7 pm
Plano Starts Apr 22 Tues 6 - 7 pm
Grand Prairie Starts Apr 8 Tues 6 - 7 pm
Oak Cliff Starts Apr 17 Thurs 12 - 1 pm
Park Cities Starts Apr 22 Tues 11 - 12 pm
Cross Timbers TBD TBD TBD
JER Chilton Y Start Apr 29 Tues 11:30-12:30pm

Future Sites: Classes begin when registration exceeds 8 or more.

Irving/Dallas area: 12 - 1pm

Downtown/Lakewest/Oak Cliff area: 12 - 1pm

Class can be in Oak Cliff/Lakewest/Lake Highlands/Downtown area

Downtown/Lakewest/Oak Cliff area: 10 - 11 am


UnitedHealthcare members should check with their employer for program availability, or contact the Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance to confirm eligibility at 1-800-237-4942.

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