Y Diabetes Prevention Program


Classes will begin Monday, April 26 at 6:00pm, here at the YMCA. Classes will run for a total of 6 months - 3 months meeting once per week on Mondays at 6pm; 3 months meeting bi-monthly (2 times per month).

Contact Pam Heaton at 856-691-0030 ext. 118 or at pheaton@ccaymca.org to see if you qualify! 

YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program
Take control of your health today

Did you know that nearly 29 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes? In fact, diabetes is a leading cause of heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney disease and nerve disease.

The YMCA's Diabetes Prevention program helps those at high risk adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles and reduce their chances of developing type 2 diabetes. 

The YMCA Diabetes Prevention 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 the Y's Diabetes Prevention Program, a trained lifestyle coach will introduce topics in a supportive, small group, classroom environment, while encouraging participants as they explore how healthy eating, physical activity and behavior changes can benefit their health 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 progress. 

Please note: This is a prevention only program, if you are currently diagnosed with diabetes, you are not eligible to enroll. 


To qualify for the Y's Diabetes Prevention Program, participants must have a BMI > 25 and have been diagnosed with prediabetes or at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

A diagnosis of prediabetes includes:

- HbA1c between 5.7 and 6.4%
- Fasting plasma glucose between 100-125 mg/dl
- Random or casual blood glucose level of 2-hour Plasma Glucose between must be 140-199mg/dl
- Physician diagnosis of prediabetes

High risk of developing type 2 diabetes includes (must have at least 2 risk factors):

- Blood pressure is 140/90 or higher
- Elevated cholesterol levels
- Participates in physical activity less than two times per week
- Has or had a parent or sibling with diabetes
- Has been diagnosed with prediabetes
- Had gestational diabetes (diabetes during prenancy), or given birth to a baby weighing more than 9pounds
- 45 years of age or older 

Click the image below to download the form to see if are considered pre-diabetic and qualify to participate in the program. Questions can be directed to Pam Heaton at pheaton@ccaymca.org or 856-691-0030 ext. 114.


Visit the National YMCA site to learn more about the DPP program - click HERE


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) research shows that:

  • 29 million Americans have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes
  • 86 million Americans have prediabetes—but 9 out of 10 people do not know they have it.
  • Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States
  • Diabetes disproportionately affects black and Latino populations (they are nearly two times more likely to be diagnosed with diabetes)
  • People with diabetes are about 50% more likely to die than people of the same age without diabetes
  • Medical expenses for people with diabetes are 2.3 times greater than those without
  • People with diabetes are at greater risk for stroke, nerve damage, blindness, dental disease, lower limb amputation, depression, and complications during pregnancy

Contact Pamela Heaton:  
Phone: 856-691-0030 ext. 118
Email:  pheaton@ccaymca.org 

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