YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program
for Healthcare Professionals

Through our expertise in chronic disease prevention, the Y can help you help your patients.

As a leading nonprofit strengthening community, in part, through healthy living, the Y knows that in order to remain healthy, patients diagnosed with prediabetes often need to make lifestyle changes. We also understand that such changes can come with challenges and that having a reliable support system can not only make adjustments easier for your patients, but also help ensure that they stay motivated.

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program – based on research by the National Institutes of Health and part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – is a proven, community-based disease prevention resource that can provide your patients with the support they need to adopt the behaviors you recommend to improve their condition. It uses a classroom setting and peer support to introduce and emphasize the benefits of:

  • healthy eating
  • moderate physical activity
  • modest weight loss
  • staying motivated

At the Y, we believe all people deserve the opportunity to live full, healthy lives. When you refer patients to the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program you can rest assured that they are receiving help and guidance from trained lifestyle coaches who understand the many day-to-day changes they are trying to make. We will work closely with them to make sure that their efforts are supported and that they develop the kinds of healthy habits that we know can help delay, or even prevent, the onset of type 2 diabetes. We will provide you with updates updates on your patients’ progress at regular intervals.


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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