Evidence Based Programs

Diabetes Prevention


First Session to begin August 2018!
Please contact courtney Sims, YMCA Health & Wellness Program Specialist, to be placed on the interest list!

If you’re at risk for type 2 diabetes, you can make small, measurable changes that can reduce your risk and help you live a happier, healthier life. Change is tough. The Y can help.


  • 25 sessions delivered over the course of one year.
  • Led by a certified trained lifestyle coach
  • Group setting that offers motivation and support
  • YMCA facility membership included

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program helps overweight adults at risk for type 2 diabetes reduce their risk for developing the disease by taking steps that will improve their overall health and well-being.

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program provides a supportive environment where participants work together to achieve the program goals of reducing individual weight by 7% and building up to 150 minutes of moderate (the equivalent of brisk walking) physical activity per week for the purpose of reducing their risk for developing diabetes.

The program is delivered over a 12-month period in a classroom setting to participants who meet qualification criteria putting them at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Financial assistance is available.

Are you at risk? TAKE THE ASSESSMENT.

Interested Providers and Prospective Participants: Check out these testimonials!

Healthy Weight & Your Child

NEW!! Beginning January 2019!

The Greater Waterbury Y will be launching a new evidence based program called “Healthy Weight and Your Child!

Obesity affects 17% of all children and adolescents in the United States – this is triple the rate from one generation ago. Today – one in 6 children are living with obesity and one in three are overweight.

Healthy Weight and Your Child (HWYC) is an evidenced based program that aims to empower children and families through education, healthy eating and physical activity to help families learn skills and behaviors to live a healthier lifestyle.

The year-long program is designed for children ages 7-13 years of age, with a body mass index of the 95th percentile or higher.

Children must have clearance from a health care provider or school nurse in order to participate. A parent must attend all sessions. The program includes 16 weekly sessions followed by post core sessions for the remainder of the year.

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