Diabetes Programs

Due to Coivd-19 regulations, the YMCA of Greater Springfield Diabetes Prevention Program is currently not in session.


Reduce your diabetes risk with our YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP).

YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program

Diabetes is a chronic disease that causes blood sugar levels to rise higher than normal. In the United States, more than 30 million people already have diabetes and more than 86 million have prediabetes or are at risk of developing diabetes. The diabetes epidemic is local as well. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 1-in-3 adults in Hampden County has prediabetes and is at risk for type 2 diabetes, the highest rate in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The YMCA of Greater Springfield is here to educate, motivate and support our community members affected by this disease, whether they have diabetes or desire to reduce their risk!

Consumer Risk Assessment Brochure
Consumer Risk Assessment Brochure – Spanish

Physician Brochures


Jumpstart success with diabetes…for FREE!

Learn about diabetes in a friendly way with the Challenge Diabetes Program. CDP explains how diabetes works and what can be done about it in three consecutive weekly meetings. The first explains what diabetes is, what can be done about it, why people become diabetic and the reasons diabetics should not be blamed for having the disease. The next sessions deal with the reasons diet and physical activity affect blood glucose levels and suggest practical ways to make changes “around the edges.”

Participants are welcome to attend programs throughout the year and join a supportive community of people who also battle diabetes.

CDP does not offer professional medical or nutritional advice. Diabetics need individualized care and we direct participants to the licensed practitioners who can provide it.

For more information please call 413-567-0660, email coordinator@challengediabetes.us or visit www.challengediabetes.us

Strengthening CommUNITY

Since 1852, the YMCA of Greater Springfield has been a way of life for thousands of youth, teens, families and seniors throughout our region. As one association, we are working together to meet the growing needs of the 14 cities and towns that we serve. Help us provide opportunities for Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility to more members of our community by making a donation to our Annual Support Campaign.