the Y

Piedmont Family YMCA

Charlottesville, VA

YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program


The Y’s Diabetes Prevention Program is a community-based lifestyle improvement program for adults with prediabetes. Its purpose is to empower adults with lasting lifestyle changes that will improve their overall health and reduce their chance of developing type 2 diabetes. Participants gather in a relaxed classroom setting and work together in small groups to learn how to incorporate healthier eating and moderate physical activity into their daily lives. 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%.

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.

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.

When The next Y Diabetes Prevention Program (YDPP) begins October 15. Classes will take place every Monday 6:10-7:10pm, then will transition to monthly meetings on the same day and time.
Where Brooks Family 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.