YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program

Diabetes affects 1 in 3 adults in Hawaii costing an estimated $1.5 billion each year. Diabetes is the leading cause of heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney disease and nerve disease. Diabetes-program-quoteMany cases of Type 2 diabetes can be avoided if discovered and treated early. This is known as pre-diabetes, which is seen in about 28,800 adults in Hawaii. But only 10% of those people know they have pre-diabetes.

Pre-diabetes is, in most cases, a reversible condition where blood glucose levels are higher than normal. People with pre-diabetes are likely to develop Type 2 diabetes within 10 years, unless preventative action is taken, and that is where the YMCA of Honolulu can help.

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The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program (Y-DPP) is part of the Centers for Disease Control Diabetes Prevention program and is also endorsed by the Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance. Research conducted by the National Institutes of Health has proven that programs like Y-DPP can reduce the number of cases of type 2 diabetes by almost 60%. We will work with you through our YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program to be sure you receive the best possible support and advice.

We’ll teach you ways to eat healthier, increase physical activity and how to make other changes to improve your overall health and well-being. Lifestyle changes like this can prevent or delay development of Type 2 diabetes for those at high risk.

Session Topics Include:

  • Ways to Eat Less Fat
  • Tip the Calorie Balance
  • Take Charge of What’s around you
  • Problem Solving
  • Four Keys to Healthy Eating Out
  • You Can Manage Stress
  • Ways to Stay Motivated


The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program costs a total of $429 for the year. Our unique program is classroom-based, led by a trained Lifestyle Coach and delivered over a 12-month period. By dividing participants into groups, you will receive personal instruction during the initial 16 weekly sessions, as well as during your follow-up monthly maintenance. In addition, you will receive a free 3 month Island-wide Membership with access to all of our YMCA branches on Oahu.

The cost of this program is covered by most some insurance plans, but check with your health insurance provider or human resources department to be sure it is a covered benefit. Scholarships are also available on a case by case basis for low income individuals.

We look forward to seeing you!

Take control of your health… take control of your life.

Branches offering YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program:

Nu'uanu YMCA

  • Launches October 6, 2016 (class is full)
  • Thursdays 6-7 PM
  • *Class is full.

Windward YMCA

  • Launches November 3, 2016
  • Thursdays 11am - 12pm
  • *Space available. Please call 541-5256 to enroll.

Additional cohorts will launch in January 2017

Locations/Dates/Times TBD

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