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Diabetes Prevention

The YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-led National Diabetes Prevention Program and is supported by the Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance.

The program provides a supportive environment where participants work together in a small group to learn about healthier eating and increasing their physical activity in order to reduce their risk for developing diabetes. The program, which is led by a trained Lifestyle Coach in a classroom setting, is delivered over a 12-month period, beginning with 16 weekly meetings followed by three bi-weekly and five monthly meetings.

How it Works

The 12-month group-based program consists of 16 core sessions, followed by maintenance sessions led by a trained lifestyle coach who facilitates a small group of people with similar goals.

Discussion topics such as healthy eating, increasing physical activity, reducing stress, problem solving, and much more.

Stay motivated to maintain progress towards program goals with monthly maintenance sessions.

Program Goals

Reduce body weight by 7%

Increase physical activity to 150 minutes per week

You will aim to reach these goals by learning strategies for healthy eating, increasing physical activity, and losing weight.


Please contact Lisa Schwartzer 215-839-6473 for information about program fees. Insurance and financial assistance options may apply.

How do I qualify?

Participants must be at least 18 years old, overweight (BMI 25 or over), and at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, or have been diagnosed with prediabetes* by a health care provider. 

You can still be eligible for the program even if you have not been diagnosed with prediabetes by a medical professional.

To see if you may be at risk for developing type 2 diabetes and eligible for the program – take the Am I At Risk quiz.

* Individuals who have already been diagnosed with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes do not qualify for this program.

  • Oct 10, 2017, 12:06 PM


    October 10, 2018
    Doylestown branch



Lisa Schwartzer
Regional Director of Pathway Development


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Am I at Risk?

Take the CDC's Prediabetes screening quiz to find out if you are at risk for prediabetes. If you are at risk, consider joining the Y's Diabetes Prevention lifestyle program.

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I want to thank the YMCA for introducing this program.  The numbers I achieve are real and the doctor cannot be more happy with them. I cannot be happier with them.

Trying to maintain the fat loss is continual but I'm exercising three times a week and at least 50 minutes a day burning 500 calories per session.  -R.M.