Diabetes Prevention Program

Our Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) is part of the Centers for Disease Control Diabetes Prevention program and is also endorsed by the Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance.

Diabetes affects 1 in 3 adults. It is the leading cause of heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney disease and nerve disease. Many cases of Type 2 diabetes can be avoided if discovered and treated early. This is known as pre-diabetes, which is seen in about 79 million American adults. Pre-diabetes is, in most cases, 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 preventative action is taken, and that is where the YMCA of Greater Whittier can help.

Do you qualify?

  • At least 18 and older
  • Overweight (BMI >25)
  • At risk for developing type 2 Diabetes or have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes by a healthcare provider

Research conducted by the National Institutes of Health has proven that programs like ours can reduce the number of cases of type 2 diabetes by almost 60%. We will work with you through our DPP to be sure you receive the best possible support and advice.

We’ll teach you 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 the development of Type 2 diabetes for those at high 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


The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program costs a total of $429 for the year. Our unique program is classroom-based, led by a trained Lifestyle Coach and delivered over a 12-month period. By dividing participants into groups, 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 4 free months of access to the YMCA.

The cost of this program is covered by most major 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 where insurance is not an option.

We look forward to seeing you!

Take control of your health…take control of your life.

For more information, contact Alyssa Arizmendez at 562-309-4875 or aarizmendez@ymcawhittier.org.

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