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Piedmont Family YMCA

Charlottesville, VA

YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program


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.