Diabetes Prevention Program

Are You at Risk?

Click here to take a quick quiz to help determine if you may be at risk of developing diabetes or prediabetes.

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program helps those at high risk adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles while reducing their chances of developing type 2 diabetes.

The YMCA program is based on the landmark Diabetes Prevention Program funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which showed that by eating healthier, increasing physical activity and losing a small amount of weight, a person with prediabetes can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes by 58%.

In a classroom setting, a trained lifestyle coach will help participants change their lifestyle by encouraging healthy eating, physical activity and other behavior modifications over the course of 25 one-hour sessions.

Topics covered include nutrition, getting started with physical activity, overcoming stress, staying motivated, and more. After the initial 16 core sessions, you will meet for 3 sessions every other week, and then monthly for up to a year for added support to help them maintain your progress.

Program goals include reducing body weight by 7% and gradually increasing physical activity to at least 150 minutes per week.

To qualify for the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program participants must meet the following criteria:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Not pregnant
  • Overweight (BMI > 25; BMI > 23 for Asian individuals)
  • Not diagnosed with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes or ESRD (End Stage Renal Disease)

And have ONE of the following:

  • Diagnosed within the last year with prediabetes via a qualifying blood test value*
  • A1C value 5.7 – 6.4%
  • Fasting glucose 100-125 mg/dL (Medicare must be 110-125 mg/dL)
  • 2-hour plasma glucose 140-199 mg/dL
  • Previous diagnosis of gestational diabetes
  • Qualifying Risk Score as determined by the risk assessment
    • Risk Score (Must be 9 or greater):
      • A woman who has had a baby weighing more than 9 lbs (1)
      • Have a parent with diabetes (1)
      • Have a brother or sister with diabetes (1)
      • Weigh as much as or more than the recommended weight for your height (5)
      • Younger than 65 years old and get little to no physical activity in a typical day (5)
      • Between the ages of 45-64 (5)
      • 65 years or older (9)

* Medicare participants must have a qualifying blood test value to participate as Medicare beneficiaries.

Click here to learn more about your risk.


Class Locations and Schedules

Brandywine YWednesdays at 6 pmSeptember 4th
Brandywine YWednesdays at 9:30 amSeptember 4th
Amerihealth Community Wellness Center, Bear, Still time to enroll!Tuesdays at 10 amSeptember 10th
Amerihealth Community -Wellness Center, Bear -Still time to enroll!Tuesdays at 6 pmSeptember 10th
Western Y, Newark - Only 5 spots left!Mondays at 6:30 pmSeptember 16th
Middletown Y- Only 5 spots left!Wednesdays at 6:00 pmSeptember 18th
Modern Maturity, Dover- FULLWednesdays at 6 pmSeptember 25th
Modern Maturity, Dover- New Class!Wednesdays at 7:30 pmSeptember 25th
Sussex Y Thursdays at 3 pmJanuary 9th 2020

Our Mission

The YMCA is an association of people of all ages, ethnic groups and religious affiliations that strives to cultivate the human potential, self-esteem, and dignity of all people. Our organization exists to develop and practice the Christian principles of love, caring, inclusiveness, justice and peace…and to enrich the emotional, physical and social life of all individuals, families and our community.


Program registration is now OPEN. Classes start on October 28th! CLICK HERE to register and search offerings by location.