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 16 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 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
  • Overweight (BMI > 25; BMI > 23 for Asian individuals)
  • Not diagnosed with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes

And have ONE of the following:

  • Diagnosed with pre-diabetes 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)
      • 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

Sussex Y Wednesdays at 5:30 pmJanuary
Cape Henlopen Senior CenterTuesday at 10 amJanuary
Modern Maturity Dover
TBA, daytimeJanuary
Dover Mondays at 5:30 pmJanuary
Bear YWednesdays at 10:00 amJanuary
Western YTuesdays at 6:30 pmJanuary
Hockessin PALFriday at 10:00 amJanuary
Central Y
Tuesdays at 10:30 amJanuary
Brandywine YTBA. daytimeJanuary
Brandywine YMondays at 6:15 pmJanuary

Diabetes Self-Management Program- Diabetes Classes

National Diabetes Prevention Program


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 January 2nd! CLICK HERE to register and search offerings by location.