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For more information, call us today at 757 298 7897


In order to qualify for this program, you must be at least 18 years old, overweight (BMI ≥ 25)* and at high risk for developing Type 2 Diabetes or have been diagnosed with prediabetes† by a healthcare provider.

Complete this form to find out if you are at risk for developing Type 2 Diabetes and would qualify for this program.


LUTER FAMILY YMCA: Thursday, August 24, 1:00 p.m. at the Blackwater Regional Library (Smithfield location).
Classes begin September 7th at 1:00 p.m.

TOM AND ANN HUNNICUTT FAMILY YMCA: Thursday, August 24, 6:30 p.m. at the Tom and Ann Hunnicutt Family YMCA.
Classes begin September 7th at 6:30 p.m.

VICTORY FAMILY YMCA: Thursday August 31, 6:30 p.m. at the Victory Family YMCA.
Classes begin September 14th at 6:30 p.m.

R.F. WILKINSON FAMILY YMCA: Information coming soon

Your health is important to us; don’t let cost be an issue. Financial assistance is available.


Type 2 diabetes affects more than 29 million individuals across the country and nearly 200,000 people across Coastal Virginia and Northeastern North Carolina. Another 86 million nationwide have prediabetes and are at risk of developing diabetes, but only 11% are aware of it. The Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA has partnered with the YMCA of the USA and the Centers for Disease Control to reduce the prevalence of diabetes in our region.

Prediabetes is a serious health condition and a precursor to developing Type 2 Diabetes, a disease that can lead to stroke, heart disease, kidney failure, blindness and other complications. Through the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, at-risk individuals can delay or prevent development of Type 2 Diabetes.


The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is a community-based lifestyle improvement program for adults with prediabetes. Its purpose is to empower adults with lasting lifestyle changes that will improve their overall health and reduce their chance of developing Type 2 Diabetes.

Participants gather in a relaxed classroom setting and work together in small groups to learn how to incorporate healthier eating and moderate physical activity into their daily lives. Based on research funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, programs like the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program reduce the risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes by 58%.


What you do…

  • Attend small group sessions with others also at risk for diabetes. You’ll meet weekly to get started, then monthly to maintain
  • Become more physically active
  • Learn how to balance healthy eating with a busy lifestyle

How we help…

  • Provide you with a lifestyle coach for 12 months of education and support.
  • Form small groups for additional support from peers.
  • Motivate you to eat healthier and be more active.
  • Provide progress reports to your primary care physician.
  • Reward you with YMCA membership incentives.


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

Classes are forming now in Newport News, Smithfield, Williamsburg, and Yorktown. If you think you may qualify and are interested in this program, please contact us at  preventdiabetes@peninsulaymca.org or 757 298 7897.


If you are reading this, it is probably because your doctor has diagnosed you as being pre-diabetic. That’s another way of saying “Because of what you eat and the exercise you don’t get, you will develop diabetes. Your lifestyle will change. You can anticipate medications, injections, limited diet, diabetic nerve pain, kidney dialysis, blindness, amputation, heart disease and early death.”

Or you can change your lifestyle now. “The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program will teach you how to eat healthier and increase your physical activity.” I am eight months into the 12 month program and I have already met my goals. I have lost 20 lbs. and reduced my blood sugar into the normal range. I feel better, am stronger, have more endurance and can see a diabetes-free future. 

You will need to (1) make a commitment and (2) become self-disciplined. This program will teach you how to do the rest. What is “self-discipline”? Here’s what I tell my kids: “Self-discipline is doing things now that you don’t like so that later you might have things that you do like.”                  Mike, Yorktown, VA

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