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Piedmont Family YMCA

Charlottesville, VA

Diabetes Prevention Program | Enhance Fitness | LIVESTRONG at the YMCA

Based on research funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, programs like the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program reduce the risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes by 58%. The YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program is designed to help adult participants (18 and older) who are at risk for Type 2 Diabetes (T2D) to gain skills in reducing their risk of developing the condition or in managing it. The program is delivered by a trained Lifestyle Coach through peer-facilitation and motivational interviewing techniques.

YMCA Diabetes Program Overview Video

Do You Qualify?

In order to qualify for the program, you must be at least 18 years old, overweight (BMI ≥ 25)* and at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes or have been diagnosed with prediabetes† by a healthcare provider.

Are you at risk?

Many people are not aware that they may be at risk for Type 2 Diabetes. Take our quick assessment and see how your risks may be managed.

How we help

  • Provide you with a lifestyle coach for 12 months of education and support.
  • Form small groups for additional support from peers.
  • Motivate you to eat healthier and be more active.
  • Provide progress reports to your primary care physician.
  • Reward you with YMCA membership incentives.

What you do

  • Attend small group sessions with others also at risk for diabetes. You’ll meet weekly to get started, then monthly to maintain.
  • Become more physically active.
  • Learn how to balance healthy eating with a busy lifestyle.


Upcoming Y Diabetes Prevention Program (YDPP) Sessions:

March 15, 2019 11:30am-12:30pm at the Crozet YMCA (registration closes March 29)

April 24, 2019 Noon-1pm at the Brooks Family YMCA

Classes take place once a week, then transition to monthly meetings on the same day and time.

Where Brooks Family YMCA or Crozet YMCA
Who 18 & up that have a BMI greater than 25 and are at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes or have been diagnosed with prediabetes by a healthcare provider.
Fee The program fee is based on household income. We offer substantial scholarships to ensure every person in need is able to participate in the program. Y members and non-members are welcome.

Complete the interest form and either drop it off at the Brooks Family YMCA or email it to and a YMCA staff member will contact you. For more information about the program, please contact us at

Healthcare Provider Referral Form

Please fax patient referrals securely to 888-965-7560.


Join us for Enhance Fitness, a proven fitness and arthritis management program that improves your endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility. It reduces your arthritis symptoms with safe, low impact exercises led by certified instructors in a relaxed atmosphere that promotes fun, laughter, friendship, and smiles.

Of all Enhance Fitness’ multiple benefits though, the one that matters most is that it’s a great time!

There’s no doubt about it—Enhance Fitness gets you moving. Enhance Fitness is a fitness class that meets three times a week for 60 minutes. The class focuses on strength, flexibility, balance and cardio endurance. You’ll move at a pace that is comfortable for you—it’s never more than you can handle. The group support will help keep you motivated.

In each Enhance Fitness class, you’ll get:

• 5-minute warm-up

• 20 minutes of movement to lively music

• 5-minute cool-down

• 20 minutes of strength training with soft weights

• 10 minutes of stretching to help you stay limber

• An exercise that will help improve your balance

Here are some of the changes our participants have noticed in their bodies and minds:

• More energy

• Better balance

• More upper body and lower body strength

• More flexibility and range of motion

• Better sleep

• Happier Mood

• Sense of independence

Enhance Fitness is an on-going program that meets Monday, Wednesdays, and Fridays 11am-noon. Class fees are drafted monthly from a checking or credit card account. Classes start on April 2nd! New sessions starts on the first Monday of every month.

Y Members: $20/month

Non-Members: $40/month

Enhance Fitness has been recognized by the CDC and other national organizations committed to improving the health of older adults.

The Brooks Family YMCA is proud to serve as a site for LIVESTRONG at the YMCA.

Cancer is a life-changing disease that takes a tremendous physical and emotional toll on those affected. The Y and LIVESTRONG have joined together to create LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, an evidence-based physical activity and well-being program designed to help adult cancer survivors reclaim their total health.

Participants work with Y staff trained in supportive cancer care to safely achieve their goals such as building muscle mass and strength, increasing flexibility and endurance, and improving confidence and self-esteem. By focusing on the whole person and not the disease, LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is helping people move beyond cancer in spirit, mind, and body.

Through a generous donation from the UVA Cancer Center, LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is fully subsidized for cancer survivors. As a survivor, whether you are recently diagnosed or 15 years post-treatment, you can participate in this program at no cost to you and receive a YMCA membership for the 12-week duration of the program.

To learn more about LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, contact Wellness Director, Austin Shaffer at