Are you at risk? You can take control with the help of the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program.

Program Overview

Based on the landmark Diabetes Prevention Program led by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and supported by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Diabetes Prevention Program has shown that with lifestyle changes and modest weight reduction, a person with pre-diabetic symptoms can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes by 58 percent. The program strives to help participants achieve two primary goals:

• Reduce body weight by 7%

• Engage in regular physical activity

Find out whether you're at risk for diabetes and are eligible for the program by answering this questionnaire. 

The Program

The YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program is a yearlong program, starting with 16 weekly sessions, developed to reduce the risk of diabetes in individuals showing symptoms of prediabetes. Each week's one-hour session is facilitated by a trained Lifestyle Coach and will cover nutrition, physical activity and behavior modification to help participants achieve the program’s two main goals. Sessions will guide participants in ways to eat healthy while eating out, manage stress, and stay motivated after the program's completion. The frequency of the sessions will reduce to biweekly and monthly sessions for the remainder of the year to help participants maintain their success.


Your flexible savings account, flexible spending arrangement or health savings account may allow for payment to participate in the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program as a disease prevention program. You should check with your savings plan provider for a list of eligible expenses.

Offered at the following YMCAs

• Baytown Family YMCA - Currently enrolling

• Houston Texans YMCA - Currently enrolling Greater Third Ward residents

• Tellepsen Family Downtown YMCA - Currently enrolling

• Thelma Ley Anderson Family YMCA - Currently enrolling

Additional Information

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