YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program

Diabetes affects 1 in 3 adults in Hawaii costing an estimated $1.5 billion each year. Diabetes is also 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.

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.

You will learn 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.

Do you qualify?

To participate in the program, you must be:
  • 18 years or older
  • Overweight (BMI o/oo22 if Asian/ o/oo25 if other)
  • Diagnosed with pre-diabetes via one of three blood tests or a previous diagnosis of gestational diabetes
  • Or, if you don't have a blood test result, you must have a qualifying risk score (o/oo9) which you can determine in just 60 seconds by taking the CDC's risk assessment quiz here: click here to see if you are at 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

Cost:

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program costs a total of $429 for the year. Our unique program is discussion-based, led by a trained Lifestyle Coach and delivered over a 12-month period. By dividing participants into small groups (10-15), 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 O'ahu.

The cost of this program is covered by 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.

Branches offering YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program:

Kaimuki Wai'alae YMCA

  • Monday's 6-7 PM
  • Launch date TBD
  • Space if available! Please call 808-541-5256 to enroll.

Kalihi YMCA

  • Tuesday's 12:30-1:30 PM
  • Launch date TBD
  • Space if available! Please call 808-541-5256 to enroll.

Leeward YMCA

  • Saturday's 10-11 AM
  • Launch date TBD
  • Space if available! Please call 808-541-5256 to enroll.

Mililani YMCA

  • Weeknight TBD 6:30-7:30
  • Launch date TBD
  • Space if available! Please call 808-541-5256 to enroll.

Nu'uanu YMCA

  • Thursdays 6-7 PM
  • Launch date TBD
  • Space if available! Please call 808-541-5256 to enroll.

Windward YMCA

  • Tuesday's 6:30-7:30 PM
  • Launch date TBD
  • Space if available! Please call 808-541-5256 to enroll.
We look forward to seeing you!

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