YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program


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.


YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program
The Research

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 prediabetes can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes by up to 71%. 

YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program
CDC Full Recognition

The YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas Diabetes Prevention Program has earned Full Recognition from the CDC. This honorable designation is given to National Diabetes Prevention Program providers that have effectively delivered a quality, evidence-based program that meets all the standards for CDC recognition. Standards include weight loss, physical activity and attendance benchmarks, along with others.

YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program
The Program

This year-long program is held in a small group setting with a certified lifestyle coach who individualizes topics for each participant enabling adaptation of long-term healthy habits. Participants work together to learn about nutrition, physical activity, overcoming stress, staying motivated, and more. Participants meet for 1 hour each session beginning with 16 weekly sessions, then every other week for 3 sessions, and monthly for 6 additional sessions.

Program Goals: Reduce body weight by 7% & Gradually increase physical activity to a minimum of 150 minutes per week

YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program

Eligible participants of a CDC-recognized lifestyle change program must:

  1. Be at least 18 years old and
  2. Be overweight (Body Mass Index ≥25; ≥23 if Asian) and
  3. Not be pregnant and
  4. Have no previous diagnosis of type 1 or type 2 diabetes and
  5. Have one of the following:
  • A blood test result in the prediabetes range within the past year:
    • Hemoglobin A1C: 5.7–6.4% or
    • Fasting plasma glucose: 100–125 mg/dL or
    • Two-hour plasma glucose (after a 75 gm glucose load): 140–199 mg/dL or 
  • A previous clinical diagnosis of gestational diabetes or
  • Take the Prediabetes Risk Test and receive a screening result of high risk for type 2 diabetes

*You do not have to be a YMCA member to participate and prevent type 2 diabetes. This program is open to the public.

YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program

1 in 3 American adults have prediabetes, a condition where blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough yet to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes. What’s more, nearly 90% percent of those people don’t know they have it. Having prediabetes greatly increases the chance of developing type 2 diabetes and other serious health conditions. It’s critical for Americans to learn their prediabetes risk, be screened regularly and take the steps necessary to delay or prevent type 2 diabetes.

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) launched its first risk test in 1993. The risk test was adapted by a published study and validated using data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). To simplify the test, only health traits that people would know about themselves were included, such as age, height, and weight, but not blood sugar or cholesterol levels.

A person with a high score on the online risk test (five or higher) is at significant risk for having prediabetes. However, only a blood test can determine an official diagnosis.

YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program

Fill out this contact form with your information. A representative will contact you to go over eligibility and answer any questions you may have about the program. Classes are held in-person.



Launching late July 2024


Oak Cliff area

Richardson Family YMCA


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Tracey Burns

Director of Community Health and Outreach


(469) 902-9028

Please keep your healthcare provider updated regularly about your participation in the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program, 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.

The YMCA OF METROPOLITAN DALLAS serves Dallas, Collin, Rockwall, Southern Denton, Ellis, Kaufman, and Cooke counties. Programs can be held at job sites, recreation centers, churches, hospitals, clinics, YMCA branches or anywhere else that a need exists in the communities we serve. New classes are offered based on interest so please call to find out about classes starting near you.



Tracey Burns

Director of Community Health and Outreach


(469) 276-8422