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YMCA Plan Forward: Diabetes Prevention Program

The Washington Diabetes Prevention and Control Program (DPCP) is partnering with 4 YMCA’s across the state to implement the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) Plan4Ward Curriculum. This curriculum is adapted from the research curriculum used in the Diabetes Primary Prevention (DPP) research trial that demonstrated  risk of progression to type 2 diabetes among persons with pre-diabetes was reduced by 58% when those persons participated in a lifestyle intervention. The lifestyle intervention’s aim is to help people with pre-diabetes lose 5-7% of body weight and increase physical activity to 150 minutes per week.

  David Marrero, PhD, of Indiana University, and his colleagues demonstrated that similar results to the DPP  can be achieved in the community setting, at YMCA’s in Indianapolis. The 16-week curriculum is delivered by trained YMCA staff, and is presented in group sessions. The YMCA staff have a minimum of a BS/BA degree, and go through a 2-day training course before leading the intervention groups.

  In Washington, the 4 YMCA’s that currently are participating are Auburn, Gig Harbor, Wenatchee, and Spokane. They were selected because they are “Activate America” Y’s, with a focus on health promotion for their members. The 4 YMCA’s are promoting the program, with the assistance of local Diabetes Educators and Regional Diabetes Coalitions.  Participants receive a YMCA membership as an incentive for participation.

If you have questions about this program, please contact  Jeanne Harmon, RD, MBA, CDE, Email:; phone: 253 395 6758


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