Diabetes Prevention Program

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program helps those at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles to reduce their chances of developing the disease. The program is based on research funded by the National Institutes of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which showed that by eating healthier, increasing physical activity and losing a small amount of weight, programs like the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program can reduce the number of new cases of type 2 diabetes by 58% overall and 71% in adults age 60 and over. The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program uses the CDC-approved curriculum and is part of the CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program. In a group setting, a trained lifestyle coach helps participants change their lifestyle by learning about healthy eating, physical activity and other behavior changes over the course of 25 one-hour sessions. The one year program meets once a week for the first 16 weeks and then once per month for the remaining year. For more information on program qualifications and how to register for the class please contact Judy Couillard jcouillard@frederickymca.org) or Lifestyle Coach, Rebecca Reifsnider (rreifsnider@frederickymca.org). Program is traditionally offered at the Y Teaching Kitchen, Saturdays from 10-11 am.


One in 3 adults in the United States are prediabetic and likely to develop type 2 diabetes within the next 10 years. Diabetes is the leading cause of heart disease, stroke, blindness, and kidney disease, but this diabetes prevention program is designed to improve the health of our community and help decrease the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. In the Diabetes Prevention Program, a trained lifestyle coach will lead small group discussions and provide encouragement and accountability to participants throughout this year-long program.

This 12-month program consists of 25 hour-long sessions. These sessions are organized into 16 weekly sessions that are followed by bi-weekly and then monthly sessions. During each of these sessions, a certified lifestyle coach will facilitate small group discussions focusing on topics such as healthy eating, increased physical activity, goal setting, and motivation.

Lose 7% of the participant’s body weight and increase physical activity to 150 minutes per week

This is how it is done:

  • Healthy Eating-​ keep accurate food logs and focus on hitting your fat gram goal
  • Physical Activity​- work up to achieving 30 minutes of physical activity 5 days per week

Based on research by NIH, this program has been shown to reduce the development of type 2 diabetes by 58 percent in adults. The percentage was even greater for those over 60.

You must be:

  • 18 years or older
  • have a BMI greater than 25
  • be at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, diagnosed with prediabetes, have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes, or have a fasting blood glucose of 100-125 mg/dL

Download our self-assessment to see if you qualify for the program.

OUR MISSION: To Put Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.