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 transition to bi weekly then monthly sessions for one 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.

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




Schedules and Locations

 Location  Date  Day  Time
Grand Prairie Family YMCA January 29, 2015 Thursday 6:00 - 7:00 pm
J.E.R Chilton Rockwall YMCA January 15, 2015 Thursday 1:00- 2:00 pm

Plano YMCA

February 10,2015 Tuesday

4:30-5:30 pm

T. Boone Pickens YMCA

April 9,2015 Thursday

9:30-10:30 am

Cross Timbers YMCA

March 11, 2015 Tuesday

3:00-4:00 pm

Town North YMCA

March 30, 2015  Monday

10:00-11:00 am

Waxahachie YMCA

April 14, 2015  Tuesday

11:30-12:30 pm

 Christ Church Irving

June 24, 2015 Wednesday

12:00-1:00 pm

 Coppell YMCA

July 8, 2015 Wednesday

4:00-5:00 pm

 Plano YMCA

July 10, 2015  Friday

4:00-5:00 pm

 Town North YMCA

October 12, 2015  Monday

7:00-8:00 am

 Town North YMCA

November 19, 2015  Thursday

1:00-2:00 pm

 Town North YMCA

February 1, 2016  Monday

10:00-11:00 am

 Cross Timbers YMCA

February 17, 2016  Wednesday

3:00-4:00 pm

 T Boone Pickens YMCA

January 28, 2016  Thursday

5:30-6:30 pm

 White Rock YMCA

March 14, 2016  Monday

6:00- 7:00 pm

 Richardson YMCA

May 19, 2016  Thursday

5:30- 6:30 pm

Take Action!

To register or to find out if you are eligible, contact:

Tracey Burns
Director of Healthy Lifestyles

Phone: 214.561.1509