The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) and Minority Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP) helps overweight adults at risk for type 2 diabetes reduce their risk through lifestyle modification. Delivered by diabetes lifestyle coaches, the Y’s DPP is a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-approved curriculum. 

  • The program provides a supportive environment for participants to achieve the goals of 7% weight loss and attaining 150 minutes of moderate physical activity (the equivalent of brisk walking) per week. 
  • Health coaches deliver the program over a 12-month period in a classroom setting to participants who meet qualification criteria. 

How It Works
In a classroom setting, a trained lifestyle coach facilitates a small group of participants in learning about healthier eating, physical activity and other behavior changes over 25 sessions. The year-long program consists of 16 weekly sessions and then three sessions every other week during the first six months, followed by 6 monthly sessions in the second six months. 

Program Goals

  • Reduce body weight by 7%
  • Increase physical activity to 150 minutes per week

Who  Can Participate?

  • Adults 18+ who are overweight (BMI > 25, Asian adults: BMI > 22) and at risk for developing type 2 diabetes