Diabetes Prevention Program

Reduce The Risk

This small-group program helps people with prediabetes eat healthier, increase their physical activity and lose weight, which can delay or even prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes.  Research has shown that YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program can reduce the number of new cases of type 2 diabetes by as much as 58% and by 71% among adults aged 60 years or older.

About the Program

In the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program a trained lifestyle coach facilitates a small group of adults to discuss behavior changes that can improve the health of participants. The program consists of 25 one-hour sessions delivered over the course of a year.

Program Goals

    • Lose 5-7% of your body weight
    • Gradually increase your physical activity to 150 minutes per week.


  • Participants do this through:

    • Healthy Eating 
    • Increasing Physical Activity 
    • Losing Weight 

Are you at Risk?

Take a quick quiz to help determine if you may be at risk for developing diabetes or prediabetes.




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