Diabetes Prevention Program

Want to lose weight, feel better, and prevent or delay type 2 diabetes?

How does it work?

The program includes lessons, handouts, and resources from the Centers for Disease control and Prevention to help you live a healthier lifestyle. This program can last up to 2 years.

In the first six months of the program, you’ll attend 16 core sessions that will help you change your diet, increase your physical activity, and lose weight. After the first six months, you can attend monthly follow-up meetings to help you stay on track. Participants who lose at least 5% of their weight in the first 12 months can continue monthly follow up meetings for a total of 24 months. A lifestyle coach specifically trained to lead the program will support you in your goals and help you maintain your progress. The coach also leads fun and engaging group discussions.

Who’s the program for?

You may be eligible for the program if you:

  • Are 18 or older.
  • Have a body mass index of at least 25 (or at least 23 if you identify as Asian).
  • Have had at least one of the three following results within the first 12 months of the program:
    1. A hemoglobin A1c test between 5.7 and 6.4 percent.
    2. Fasting plasma glucose between 100 and 125 mg/dL.
    3. Two-hour plasma glucose between 140 and 199 mg/dL.
  • Haven’t been diagnosed with type 1 or type 2 diabetes (other than gestational diabetes).
  • Don’t have end-stage renal disease.
  • Haven’t enrolled in the program before.

To see if you are at risk, visit the Healthy Hawaii website and take the Diabetes Risk Test.

How can I participate?

If you’re at risk for diabetes, ask your doctor if this program is right for you.

Participating program sites

Kaimuki-Waialae YMCA
4835 Kilauea Ave.
Honolulu, HI 96816

Kalihi YMCA
1335 Kalihi St.
Honolulu, HI 96819

Leeward YMCA
94-440 Mokuola St.
Waipahu, HI 96797

Mililani YMCA
95-1190 Hikikaulia St.
Mililani, HI 96789

Nuuanu YMCA
1441 Pali Hwy.
Honolulu, HI 96813

Windward YMCA
1200 Kailua Rd.
Kailua, HI 96734

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34 sessions
Up to 22 to 34 sessions
24 months
12 to 24 months to a healthier life