Diabetes Prevention Program

Reduce The Risk

You can reduce your diabetes risk and gain tools for healthy living through the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program.  YDPP is part of the CDC‐led National Diabetes Prevention Program.

If you are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes, The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program can help you adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles that will help you reduce your chances of developing diabetes. The program is based on research funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which showed that by eating healthier, increasing physical activity and losing a small amount of weight, a person with prediabetes can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes by 58%.

About the Program

In a classroom setting, a trained lifestyle coach will help you change your lifestyle by learning about healthy eating, physical activity and other behavior changes over the course of 16 one-hour sessions. After the initial 16 core sessions, you will meet monthly for added support to help maintain your progress. Topics covered include healthy eating, getting started with physical activity, overcoming stress, staying motivated, and more.

Program Goals

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

Take the Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test

Participant Testimonials



For more information about the program or to see if you qualify  please contact your New Jersey Y Regional Diabetes Prevention Coordinator:

Kelly Scheurer, Diabetes Prevention Program Coordinator, The Community YMCA 732-741-2504 x219

Knikki Blanc, Diabetes Prevention Program Coordinator, YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge & South Amboy 732-516-9200 x1112


TBD, Sr. Director of Member Engagement and Wellness, Hunterdon County YMCA 908-782-4937  

Elizabeth Youngstein, Y Diabetes Prevention Program Coordinator, Metro YMCA of the Oranges 973-758-9622

Mike Johnson, Director of Association Initiatives, YMCA of Eastern Union County 908-249-4806

Pamela Heaton, Diabetes Prevention Program Coordinator, Cumberland Cape Atlantic YMCA

Donna Peart, Director of Health and Fitness, Fanwood Scotch Plains YMCA

Bethann Wittig, Director of Wellness Initiatives and Member Experience, Hamilton Area YMCA

Ellen Kranefuss, Diabetes Prevention Program Coordinator, Madison Area YMCA 973-822-9622 x2310