YMCA of Greater Providence

YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program


The YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program (YDPP) helps those at high risk adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles and reduce their chances of developing type 2 diabetes.


Diabetes is a serious condition that causes blood sugar levels to rise higher than normal. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. Currently, diabetes affects more than 29 million people.

Prediabetes occurs when blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough for a type 2 diabetes diagnosis. Risk for developing type 2 diabetes may be reduced or eliminated by weight loss, healthier eating, and increased physical activity. More than 86 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk of developing diabetes.

  • Prediabetes may be reversible; diabetes has no cure.
  • To learn more about Type 2 Diabetes, click here.
  • To learn about our YDPP classes, see below. Non-members welcome!




YDPP Classes

YDPP is part of 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.

In a classroom setting, a trained lifestyle coach will help you change your lifestyle by teaching you about healthy eating, physical activity, and other behavior changes over the course of 16 one-hour sessions. Topics covered include nutrition, getting started with physical activity, overcoming stress, staying motivated, and more. After the initial 16 core sessions, group members will meet monthly for up to one year for added support to help them maintain their progress.

NBC Channel 10 News of Rhode Island covers the benefits of the YDPP.

Watch the video here. 

Our YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program classes are enrolling now!

You do NOT need to be a YMCA member to join this program.

  • Click here to view the 2015 program registration form.
  • Click here to view the program brochure.
  • Click here to assess your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

Program Goals:

  • Reduce body weight by 7%
  • Gradually increase physical activity to at least 150 minutes per week

Can I participate?

To qualify for the program, individuals must be overweight and at high risk for developing diabetes, and be diagnosed as prediabetic by a physician.

Am I at risk?

To assess your risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes, click here. (Please consult your physician for a complete medical assessment and diagnosis.) Some of the risk factors to consider include:

  • Family history
  • Being overweight
  • Gestational diabetes
  • Elevated cholesterol

The program cost is $429. The program may be reimbursed by some health care providers. United Healthcare members should check with their employer for program availability or contact the Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance at 1-800-237-4942 to confirm eligibility.  

For more information and to enroll, please contact Joni Bloom via email or by phone at 401-427-1843.

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