YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program

State-wide in Vermont

The YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program program is part of the CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program, and designed to help those at high risk to adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles and reduce their chances of developing type 2 diabetes.

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program (YDPP) classes are offered state-wide, free of charge to qualified participants thanks to a partnership with the Department of Vermont Health Access.

Classes forming monthly! Call today to learn more 802-652-8196.

Diabetes is a serious health condition that can lead to heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, high blood pressure, and blindness. Prediabetes is a potentially reversible condition that often leads to diabetes. It is estimated that 79 million people in the United States have prediabetes.

Prediabetes is a condition in which individuals have blood glucose levels that are higher than normal, but not high enough to be classified as diabetes. People with prediabetes are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke. An estimated one of every three U.S. adults has prediabetes, yet just 7% of those with prediabetes know they have it.

Our Diabetes Prevention Program is based on the landmark Diabetes Prevention Program funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which showed that by eating healthier, increasing physical activity and losing a small amount of weight, a person with pre-diabetes can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes by 58%.

To read more about the evidence and research that support the success of the Y Diabetes Prevention Program, click here.

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 the course of 16 one-hour sessions. Topics covered include healthier eating, getting started with physical activity, overcoming stress, staying motivated, and more. After the initial 16 core sessions, participants meet monthly for added support to help them maintain their progress.

Health Professionals – Learn more here

Program Goals

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

Who Can Participate?

In order to qualify for the program, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be overweight (BMI >25, or >22 if Asian) Calculate your BMI here using the CDC’s online BMI calculator
  • Have one of the following conditions:
    • HbA1c between 5.7 – 6.4%
    • Fasting plasma glucose between 100 and 125 mg/dl
    • Health care provider diagnosis of prediabetes
    • 2-hour plasma glucose between 140 and 199 mg/dl
    • Meet at least two (2) of the following risk criteria or by successfully completing a risk assessment
      • Blood pressure 140/90 or higher
      • Elevated cholesterol levels
      • Participates in physical activity < than two times per week
      • Has or had a parent or sibling with diabetes

Individuals who have already been diagnosed with diabetes or who are pregnant do not qualify for this program.

How to Learn More

As noted, YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program (YDPP) classes are offered free of charge to qualified participants thanks to a partnership with the Department of Vermont Health Access.

If you are in learning more about YDPP workshops in your area, visit MYHEALTHYVT.ORG or please feel free to contact Kristin Magnant, the Y’s Community Health Initiatives Coordinator, by email at kmagnant@gbymca.org  or by phone at 802-652-8196 for further details.

Protecting Privacy

The YMCA is required by law to maintain the privacy and security of your health records. Please click here to read our “Notice of Privacy Practices.”

Additional Health Self-Management Programs

The YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program workshop is just one of six health self-management programs offered free across Vermont through a partnership between the Greater Burlington YMCA, the Vermont Department of Health and Vermont Blueprint for Health.

To learn more about this program, along with workshops focused on Diabetes Management, Quitting Smoking, Emotional Wellness, Chronic Disease Management, and Chronic Pain Management and when and where they are offered near year, visit MYHEALTHYVT.ORG.


Pomerleau Family Y
266 College Street
Burlington, VT 05401
802 862 9622 (YMCA)

Y Annex
298 College Street
Burlington, VT 05401
802 862 9622 (YMCA)

Camp Abnaki
1252 Abnaki Road
North Hero, VT
802 372 9622 (YMCA)

Additional Program Sites
in Vermont

Addison, Franklin, Grand Isle, Washington and Chittenden Counties