Health Professionals


YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program can help you help your patients. Based on research from the National Institutes of Health, programs like YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program reduce new cases of type 2 diabetes by 58% overall and 71% in individuals over age 60.

The program is a yearlong lifestyle change program that engages participants in 25 sessions throughout the year. With instruction and support from Lifestyle Coaches, participants learn how to incorporate healthier eating, moderate physical activity, and problem-solving and coping skills into their daily lives. The curriculum is CDC-approved and is part of the CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program.

The program focuses on small, measurable goals to give participants confidence they can make the necessary changes to reduce their risk for type 2 diabetes. The group support keeps participants motivated. You can feel confident that the patients you refer will spend a year surrounded by supportive people with common goals.

You can be the link between your patients and this program for healthier living. Referring a patient is simple. If your Y runs the program, staff will provide information about the program and its benefits as well as a form you can use to refer patients to the program.

The Y Can Help

Watch this video to learn more. Then find out if a Y near you is a provider. If you do not have YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program near you, ask your local Y staff to consider running the program.


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