Diabetes Prevention Program in South Palm Beach County

YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program

Diabetes is a serious health condition that can lead to a variety of health problems. Pre-diabetes is a potentially reversible condition that often leads to diabetes, and 79 million people in the United States are estimated to have it. If you have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes, or believe you may be at risk, the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program can help!

In the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program a trained lifestyle coach will introduce topics in a small classroom setting. The 12-month group-based program consists of 16 core sessions, followed by monthly maintenance sessions led by a traischool districtned lifestyle coach who facilitates a small group of people with similar goals. Topics of the program include how healthy eating, physical activity and behavior changes, reducing stress, problem solving, can benefit your health. This program is based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Diabetes Prevention Program curriculum.

*Program covered by UnitedHealthcare for School District of Palm Beach County employees and eligible covered spouses and dependents. Call Robin Nierman to enroll at 561-300-3227.

NEW Classes in Spanish & Creole 

View our class schedule: Click here or call for more information today, 561-300-3227.

For Spanish, please call 561-300-3200 and for Creole, please call 561-300-3201.

Check out and listen to our iHeartRadio podcast that was recently recorded with Diabetes Prevention Coordinator, Robin Nierman, Senior Program Director, Bryan Hunt, and Director of Marketing, Tracy Sussman by visiting http://wjno.iheart.com/media/play/27486498/

Listen below to Director of Health Strategies, Robin Nierman on WHSR 980AM where she discusses our NEW Creole Diabetes Prevention Program at the Y that is starting this March. Spaces are still available and we offer financial assistance to those who are eligible. A YMCA membership is not needed. FREE swimming classes will be offered to class participants for the first 16 weeks of the program. The swim class is from 7pm-7:30pm. Both programs are for adults ages 18 and older. To determine if you are eligible for the program, call or email Robin at 561-300-3227 or rnierman@ymcaspbc.org. To leave a message in Creole, call 561-300-3201.

Both classes are 26 one hour sessions over the course of a year – 17 weekly sessions, followed by 4 bi-weekly sessions, followed by monthly classes. All classes include 10 free passes to the YMCA for non-members and 4 free personal training passes for YMCA members. UnitedHealthcare and FloridaBlue cover the cost of the program and we have financial assistance available for those who qualify and don’t have insurance. Check back soon for additional classes at the Boca YMCA and the launch of our first class in Spanish. Please contact Robin Nierman for more information at 561-300-3227 or rnierman@ymcaspbc.org.

*Click here for HIPAA information


What Is Pre-diabetes?

Pre-diabetes is a condition in which individuals have blood glucose levels that are higher than normal, but not high enough to be classified as diabetes. People with pre-diabetes are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

Am I At Risk?

Pre-diabetes increases the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Take the quiz below to learn if you are at risk for pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes. Prediabetes risk quiz from the National Diabetes Education Program. 

N.Y. Times article discusses YMCA Diabetes Program Effectiveness

Read the New York Times featured article on the Y’s Diabetes Prevention Program and hear first-hand how it’s working for program participants.


 Testimonials from Y Participants

exercise_blu_rgb_pngDonna N. – Ft. Wayne, IN

I don’t remember a life without diabetes and an awareness of my potential for diagnosis. I watched as my grandparents, mother, aunts, uncles and cousins struggled with the disease–and while experience was a great lesson, the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program was the first education course to truly impact me.

My life has been so positively impacted that several friends want to know what I’m doing that is working so well for me. The straightforward, simple preventative approach of counting calories, decreasing fat and increasing activity is easy to follow. It is put into easy-to-understand concepts that help me to focus on achieving a goal of lifestyle balance.

I used to lay awake at night and try to figure out how to lose weight and lower my risk of getting diabetes. Thanks to the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, I now know what to do, am doing it, and am experiencing success.

“Thank you” is not enough to say, but it will have to do. Thank you.


running_blu_rgb_pngJohn S. – Stone Mountain, GA

I learned I was borderline diabetic, and I knew I needed to do something about it. I was looking for a program with real interaction among other people facing the same struggle. Recently, I lost more than 50 pounds, and I accomplished this with the help of the Decatur Family Y and the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program.

When I started the program, I was at 342 pounds. Currently, I weigh 290 pounds, a 13 percent decrease in my weight. At age 51, this program and the weight I’ve lost have made me a more confident person.

Eating smaller portions was difficult at first, because I’m a food guy. I really enjoy eating food, but this program taught me about nutrition and helped me establish a habit of eating healthier foods that I enjoy. I am more confident with meal planning and consumption, and I’m not mindlessly eating anymore.

This whole experience is having a positive effect on my family. I am able to engage more with my 16-year-old son and be a role model for him. For the first time, he’s eating and enjoying nutritious foods. He learned that healthy eating is important for everyone.

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program changed my life. I am balancing my life better and am altogether healthier, happier and more confident.


heart_blu_rgbMarilyn N. – Seattle, WA

This program has made a huge difference in my life.  My blood pressure and cholesterol are back down where they are supposed to be. I have more energy. I want to do everything I can to stay on track and to keep myself motivated.

I feel good about the fact that I am taking charge of my health and am doing what I can to be healthy. This is really important to me at a time when health care is so expensive.

This program did wonders for me and I know it can help other people as well.

For Physician’s with Referrals 

Downloadable forms to send referrals into the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program are available through the Program Coordinator.

For Health Professionals

Through our expertise in chronic disease prevention, the Y can help you help your patients.

As a leading nonprofit strengthening community, in part, through healthy living, the Y knows that in order to remain healthy, patients diagnosed with prediabetes often need to make lifestyle changes. We also understand that such changes can come with challenges and that having a reliable support system can not only make adjustments easier for your patients, but also help ensure that they stay motivated.

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program – based on research by the National Institutes of Health and part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – is a proven, community-based disease prevention resource that can provide your patients with the support they need to adopt the behaviors you recommend to improve their condition. It uses a classroom setting and peer support to introduce and emphasize the benefits of:

  • healthy eating
  • moderate physical activity
  • modest weight loss
  • staying motivated

We believe all people deserve the opportunity to live full, healthy lives. When you refer patients to the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program you can rest assured that they are receiving help and guidance from trained lifestyle coaches who understand the many day-to-day changes they are trying to make. We will work closely with them to make sure that their efforts are supported and that they develop the kinds of healthy habits that we know can help delay, or even prevent, the onset of type 2 diabetes. We will provide you with updates updates on your patients’ progress at regular intervals.


Generously Funded in part by Palm Healthcare and Quantum Foundation, and Humana Foundation.