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YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program

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

The YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program (YDPP) can help those at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles that will help reduce the chances of developing diabetes. The program is based on research 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 you change your lifestyle by learning about healthy eating, physical activity and other behavior changes over the course of 16 one-hour sessions.  Topics covered include nutrition, getting started with physical activity, overcoming stress, staying motivated, and more.

Program Goals: 

  • Reduce body weight by 7 %
  • Gradually increase physical activity to at least 150 minutes per week

Can I participate?

To qualify for the program, individuals must be overweight and at high risk for developing diabetes or overweight and have been diagnosed by a physician as someone with pre-diabetes.

Am I at risk?

Your doctor can tell you if you are at risk. He can determine this through a blood test with one of the following results:

  • Fasting plasma glucose between 100 – 125 mg/dL
  • HbA1c between 5.7% and 6.4%
  • Random or casual blood glucose level of 140-199 mg/dL or higher

A combination of risk factors such as family history, overweight, gestational diabetes, elevated cholesterol, etc., may also put you at high risk.  

For more information about YDPP programs available in Washington contact:

Greater Seattle YMCA's:

  • Auburn YMCA
  • Dale Turner YMCA
  • Downtown Seattle YMCA
  • Matt Griffin YMCA (Sea Tac)
  • Northshore YMCA
  • West Seattle YMCA 

For more information about the Seattle area YMCA DPP contact Kathleen Perez-Hureaux at 206-223-1637.




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