Take control of your good health with the Diabetes Prevention Program at The YMCA of Greater Monmouth County


Please review the following statements:

> My blood pressure is 140/90 or higher, or I have been told I have high blood pressure

> I have been told that my cholesterol levels are elevated

> I am fairly inactive. I am NOT physically active more than two times a week

> I have or had a parent or sibling with diabetes

> I have had gestational diabetes   (diabetes during pregnancy) or have given birth to a baby weighing more than 9 pounds

> I am 45 years of age or older

If you answered “Yes” to two or more statements above, then you may be at risk for prediabetes or diabetes, and may qualify for the program. This does NOT mean you have diabetes. You will need a blood test to confirm if you have diabetes.


> About 86 million American adults have prediabetes.

> People with prediabetes are likely to develop type 2 diabetes within 10 years, unless they take steps to prevent or delay the disease.

> Diabetes is a leading cause of heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney disease, and nerve disease.

> Lifestyle changes such as eating healthier, increasing physical activity and losing a modest amount of weight can prevent or delay development of type 2 diabetes in those at high risk for the disease.

You can reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes and gain tools for healthy living.

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program helps those at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles. By eating healthier, increasing physical activity and losing a modest amount of weight you can reduce your chance of developing the disease. Based on research funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the program reduces the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58%.

In a classroom setting, a trained lifestyle coach will facilitate a small group of participants in learning about healthier eating, physical activity and other behavioral changes over the course of 16 one-hour sessions. Topics covered include: healthier eating, getting started with physical activity, overcoming stress, staying motivated, and more.
After the initial 16 core sessions, participants meet monthly for added support to help them maintain their progress.

Program Goals:

> Reduce body weight by 7%

> Increase physical activity to 150 minutes per week

The Diabetes Prevention Program provides a supportive environment where you can work with others in a small group setting to learn how to adopt healthy habits and reduce your chances of developing Type 2 diabetes.

The program is led by a trained Lifestyle Coach in a classroom setting, over a 12-month period. It begins with 16 weekly sessions, followed by meetings once a month. Discussions will center around strategies for eating healthier, increasing physical activity and making other changes to improve overall health and well-being.

Take the first step and find out if you are at risk and take the prediabetes assessment.

This program may be covered by your health insurance carrier, and is now free for Medicaid recipients, or those who are under-insured or uninsured. People with private health insurance should check with their carrier about the availability of this program as a covered benefit.

You do not need to be a member of The Community YMCA in order to participate.

For program times, registration or program fees, e-mail dpp@cymca.org

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is part of the CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program.

For information about program fees, financial assistance or to see if you qualify, contact:  dpp@cymca.org