YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program

The Paris-Bourbon County YMCA is offering The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program -- an innovative program proven to reduce the burden of type 2 diabetes -- one of the nation’s costliest chronic diseases. The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is a group-based lifestyle intervention designed especially for people at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes and has been proven to cut high-risk individuals' chances of developing the disease by more than half. YMCA of the USA, the national resource office for the nation’s more than 2,700 YMCAs, has worked with the Centers for Disease Control and other organizations to expand the program to as many communities as possible nationwide as part of the CDC’s National Diabetes Prevention Program.

The Paris-Bourbon YMCA is currently recruiting participants for this program and sessions can be schedualed with five members.

About the program

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is based on the landmark Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) led by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and supported by the CDC, which showed that with lifestyle changes and modest weight reduction, a person with pre-diabetes can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes by 58 percent.

Researchers at Indiana University School of Medicine were able to replicate the successful results of the national DPP with the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis. Unlike the national DPP research study, which was conducted with individuals one-to-one, the Y’s program is conducted in a group setting.

The research by the Indiana University researchers also demonstrated that the Y could effectively deliver a group-based lifestyle intervention for about 75 percent less than the cost of the original DPP. This research also highlighted the ability of the Y to take the program to scale nationally.

“We now have proof that lifestyle interventions delivered through community-based organizations such as the Y can save lives and health care dollars,” said Cathy Boone, executive director and CEO of the Paris-Bourbon County YMCA.

The goals of the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program are to reduce and maintain individual weight loss by at least 7 percent and to increase physical activity to 150 minutes per week. In a group setting, a trained lifestyle coach helps participants learn skills for healthier lifestyles by healthy eating, increasing physical activity and other behavior modifications over the course of 16 core sessions. After the initial sessions, participants meet monthly for up to a year for added support in maintaining their lifestyle changes.

“We can change the course of diabetes in America by preventing the disease in those at highest risk,” says Dr. Ann Albright, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Diabetes Translation. “CDC’s partnership with the Y is improving access to evidence-based programs that we know will help people make healthier lifestyle choices that can prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.”


The YMCA is committed to making the program available to everyone in the community. All individuals with a BMI of 25 or greater and who have two additional risk factors or have a diagnosis of pre-diabetes are eligible.

People with private health insurance should check with their employer about the availability of this program as a covered benefit, or contact the Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance to confirm eligibility at 1-800-237-4942. The Paris-Bourbon County YMCA is also partnering with the Kentucky Employee Health Plan (KEHP) to offer the program to its insurance members who meet the eligibility requirements.

Contact Sabrina Gordon 859-987-1395 or sgordon@parisbourbonymca.org to find out more.