Measureable Changes, Unlimited Support

We are currently offering limited programming. For information on our current health management offerings, please contact Jennifer Donahue at

If you’re at risk for type 2 diabetes, you can make small, measureable changes that can reduce your risk and help you live a happier, healthier life. The Y can help.

YMCA’S Diabetes Prevention Program

The evidence-based YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program gives you the skills and support needed to make lasting healthy lifestyle changes.

The year-long YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control starts with 16 weekly sessions led by a trained lifestyle coach. This gradually eases to two sessions per month and then one session per month. In this program, you’ll spend the year surrounded by a group of supportive people with common goals who care about your well-being.

National Institutes of Health research has shown that programs like the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program reduce the number of new cases of type 2 diabetes by 58 percent. With our program, you can be on your way to a healthier lifestyle.

Participants in this program will enjoy:

  • A safe space where you can feel comfortable sharing and learning in private.
  • Making new friends. You will support each other as you trade old habits for healthier new ones.
  • Working as a group. You don’t have to figure this out alone.
  • The new energy and confidence that comes with losing weight and reducing your risk for diabetes.

To qualify for the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, participants must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be overweight (BMI of 25 or greater)
  • Take a risk assessment or have qualifying blood glucose levels (A1C of 5.7% to 6.4%, fasting 100-125 mg/dL)

You do not need to be a YMCA member to participate in this program; registration is required.


“I had a chance meeting with Donna (Peart). The Plainfield Public Schools hosted a wellness event and the Y had a booth. I was borderline pre-diabetes and my doctor was concerned. I was worried about it, but I wasn’t doing anything about it. I had a lack of motivation. I didn’t address it until she invited me. In the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, the instructor and the material started to stick. What stuck with me the most was when Donna said, ‘you can count calories and fat now, or you can count carbohydrates later when you become a diabetic.’ I didn’t want to become a diabetic. I’ve had weight issues since I was 13 and this was the only thing that resonated with me. The program also included an exercise component and I started exercising, going to classes and it started to click; it made sense. It helped me lose weight, my doctor is impressed, my blood pressure went down and I no longer have prediabetes. Now, I’m trying to stay motivated. For those with prediabetes, come to the Y and listen to what they have to say. It might change your life for the better like it did mine.”


Diabetes Self-Management Program

The YMCA offers an evidence-based Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP), which educates those diagnosed with diabetes on healthy lifestyle choices.

The program consists of several workshops totaling 16 hours that help participants understand diabetes and its risks. The program emphasizes the importance of diet, exercise, keeping regular physician exams, receiving annual foot and eye exams, managing medications and more. DSMP teaches participants how to live healthier in a fun, positive group environment. DSMP does not replace other programs or treatment, and participants are referred to their physicians for all medical questions.

Educational Topics

Originally developed by the Stanford University School of Medicine, DSMP workshops will include:

  • Techniques to deal with the symptoms of chronic disease, fatigue, pain, depression and stress
  • Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength and endurance
  • Healthy eating
  • Appropriate use of medicine
  • Making action plans
  • Working effectively with healthcare providers
  • Problem solving

You do not need to be a YMCA member to participate in this program; registration is required. To reserve your spot in an upcoming workshop, contact the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA today at 908-889-8880.