You can reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes and gain tools for healthy living.

If you are at risk for type 2 diabetes, the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program provides a supportive environment where you can work with others to learn how to adopt healthy habits to reduce your chances of developing the disease.

The program, which is led by a trained Lifestyle Coach, is delivered over a 12-month period, beginning with 16 weekly sessions followed by monthly maintenance. You will learn strategies for eating healthier, increasing your physical activity, and making other changes that will improve your overall health and well-being. National Institutes of Health research has proven that programs like the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program can reduce the number of cases of type 2 diabetes by 58-71%.

The program fee is normally $499 for Members and Potential Members. Thanks to a generous grant from United Way of Rowan County, the $499 program fee has been reduced to a registration fee of $99.  


The program emphasizes two primary goals. For the first half of the program, the goal is to reduce body weight by 7% and increase physical activity by 150 minutes per week.

To sign up, participants must be:

  • At least 18 years old,
  • Overweight (BMI ≥ 25)*, and
  • Diagnosed with prediabetes via a blood test or gestational diabetes†.

If a blood test is not available, participants must have a qualifying risk score.

*Additional times/days may become available based on the interest and needs of potential participants. Please contact us if you are interested.

For questions or to register, please contact Amy Hoffner, 704-795-9622 ext. 219 or

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YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program uses a CDC-approved curriculum and is part of the CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program.