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Of the 86 million people with prediabetes, only 10 percent know their condition. In addition to the high risk of developing type 2 diabetes, people with prediabetes are also at risk of developing other chronic diseases such as heart disease and stroke.

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AM I AT RISK? You may be at risk for Type 2 diabetes and not even know it! If you are overweight and not active most days, you are probably at risk. If you are over age 45 your risk has greatly increased. Click here and download a checklist to assess your risk.

If you find you are at risk for developing diabetes, the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program can help. The lifestyle changes outlined in the program—modest weight loss, healthy eating, and regular physical activity—have been shown to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. 

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. The YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program is for adults who are at risk for type 2 diabetes. You will learn how to reduce your chances of developing the disease.

Classes form based on participant availability. For more information on current and upcoming classes, contact Randi Abell, or call us at 434 582 1900.



  • Led by a trained Lifestyle Coach  
  • A one-year program
  • 16 weekly sessions, then 8 monthly sessions



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



  • Healthy Eating – Eating smaller portions, reducing fat in your diet and discovering healthier foods can help prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes.
  • Increasing Physical Activity – Moderate physical activity (walking, swimming, mowing the lawn) for as little as 30 minutes, five days a week, can help improve your blood pressure, raise your good cholesterol and prevent blood flow problems.
  • Losing Weight – Reducing your body weight by as little as 5–7% can offer tremendous benefits for people at risk for 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. To learn more contact Randi Abell, or call us at 434 582 1900.

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434-582-1900 (Jamerson) 434-847-5597 (Downtown) 434-455-5996 (Y Express) 434-200-7097 (Bowen Wellness Center)


YMCA Exterior WEB 3801 Wyndhurst Drive

Lynchburg, VA 24502 

(434) 582-1900


YMCA Exterior WEB 91315 Church Street

Lynchburg, VA 24504 

(434) 847-5597

Y Express

YMCA Exterior WEB 13402 Old Forest Road

Lynchburg, VA 24502 

(434) 455-5996


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