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YMCA's 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 14% of those people know they have pre-diabetes.

In most cases pre-diabetes is 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 action is taken now. This 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 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 I Qualify?

To participate in the program, you must be:

  • 18 years or older
  • Overweight (BMI ≥23 if Asian/ ≥25 if other)
  • Diagnosed with pre-diabetes via one of three blood tests, or a previous diagnosis of gestational diabetes
  • If you don't have a blood test result, you can qualifying by taking the CDC's risk assessment quiz. It only takes a minute. With a score of ≥9, you qualify.

Session Topics Include:

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


The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is covered by several insurance companies, and Medicare Parts B & C. If you are paying out of pocket, the fee is $429 for the year long program.

Our unique program is group discussion-based, led by a trained Lifestyle Coach and delivered over a 12-month period (24 months if you have Medicare). By dividing participants into small groups (10-16), you will receive personal instruction during each session throughout the year. The program includes 16 weekly sessions, tapering down to follow-up monthly maintenance, 24 sessions in all (28 for Medicare).

Call our office at 808-548-0951 for program information. Call your insurance provider or HR department to see if your costs are covered. Scholarships are also available on a case-by-case basis for low income individuals

Active Insurance Partners (As Of 6/28/2018)

  • UHA – all members covered
  • Kaiser – Medicare part B & C covered
  • HMSA – EUTF Active members covered
    • Medicare part B & C covered
  • HMAA – PPO coverage coming soon!
  • AlohaCare – Medicare part B & C coming soon!

Please call your insurance provider or human resources department to see if you qualify.

Branches Offering YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program:

  • Kaimuki Wai'alae YMCA
  • Kalihi YMCA
  • Leeward YMCA
  • Mililani YMCA
  • Nu'uanu YMCA
  • Windward YMCA

How to Register

Please contact Noël Gibeau, Program Coordinator, at 808-548-0951 or healthprogram@ymcahonolulu.org. We look forward to seeing you!

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