YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program

Did you know?

About 86 million American adults have prediabetes, a condition where blood glucose levels are higher than normal.

Half of all Americans age 65 or older have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

People with prediabetes are likely to develop type 2 diabetes within 10 years, unless they take action to prevent or delay the disease.

Diabetes is a leading cause of heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney disease and nerve disease.

The Good News

You can reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes and gain tools for healthy living.

If you are at risk for type 2 diabetes, the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program provides a supportive environment where you can work with others in a small group setting to learn how healthy eating, physical activity and other behavior changes can reduce your chances of developing the disease.

To Qualify

  • Participants must be at least 18 years old
  • Have a Body Mass Index (BMI) at or above 25 (BMI ≥ 22 for Asian individuals)
  • Be at risk for developing Type II diabetes.

Am I at Risk?

To qualify for the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, participants must have a blood value in the following range:

  • Hemogloban A1c level between 5.7-6.4%, or
  • Fasting Plasma Glucose between 100-125 mg/dL, or
  • 2-hour (75 gm glucola) Plasma Glucose between 140-199 mg/dL

Take the test

Pre Diabetes Questionnaire

Doctor & Candidate Forms

Doctor Participant Recommendation

Recommend A Candidate

Candidate Intake Information

Program Intake Form


Celeste Kenerley, Director of Community Health
843-871-9622 ext 104

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program?

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is based on research funded by the National Institutes for Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which showed that by eating healthier, increasing physical activity and losing a small amount of weight, a person with prediabetes can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes by 58%.

In the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, a trained lifestyle coach will introduce topics in a supportive, small group environment and encourage participants as they explore how healthy eating, physical activity and behavior changes can benefit their health.

What is prediabetes?

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. Prediabetes may be reversible; diabetes has no cure.

What are the goals of the program?

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

How long does the program last?

This is a 12-month group-based program that consists of 16 one-hour, weekly sessions followed by 3 bi-weekly sessions and 6 monthly maintenance sessions.

Does the program have a cost?

Many payment options are available including insurance, employer-pay, and scholarships through the Summerville Family YMCA. Please contact the Diabetes Prevention Program Coordinator to learn more.

There is no cost for the program for fully insured United Health Care Members who qualify. People with health insurance provided by United Health Care should check with their employer about the availability of this program as a covered benefit, or contact the Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance to enroll or confirm eligibility at 1-800-237-4942.

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-led National Diabetes Prevention Program and is nationally supported by the Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance.

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