Diabetes Prevention Program / DPP

The Alliance of New York State YMCAs supports a host of Chronic Disease Prevention and Management Programs across the state. 

By offering programs that promote wellness and manage chronic diseases such as hypertension, arthritis, diabetes and cancer, the YMCA aims to improve the nation’s health and well-being, reduce risk for disease and help individuals reclaim their health.  


Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program

Diabetes Prevention Program


Healthy Weight and Your Child 


Moving For Better Balance

Walk With Ease


To learn more about a Chronic Disease Prevention and Management Program at a YMCA near you, contact Martha Petteys, director of Healthy Living at mpetteys@ymcanys.org

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 84 million people had prediabetes in 2015. People with diabetes are at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

In the last 20 years, the number of adults diagnosed with diabetes has more than tripled as the US population has aged and become more overweight. The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is an evidence-based program that helps overweight adults at risk for type 2 diabetes adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles by eating healthier, increasing physical activity, and losing a modest amount of weight.

This program provides a supportive environment where participants work together to achieve the following goals:

  • Reduction in individual body weight by 7%
  • Increase in moderate physical activity (the equivalent of brisk walking) to 150 minutes per week

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program uses a CDC-approved curriculum and is part of the CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program. In a classroom setting, a Y-USA trained Lifestyle Coach facilitates a small group of participants—anywhere from 8 to 15 —in working together to problem solve around barriers to healthier eating, exchanging ideas for how to incorporate more physical activity into daily routines, and developing action plans to support sustainable behavior change. Over the course of 25 sessions, the year-long program consists of 19 sessions in the first six months (16 weekly, 3 biweekly) and six monthly sessions in the second six months. Each session lasts one hour and includes a weigh in.