Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Community Health

First Advisor

Caitlin Stinneford

Second Advisor

Bill Shelby


The Central Coast YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) exists to support community members who are diagnosed as pre-diabetic. DPP participants are provided a free membership to the YMCA’s gym, but are under utilizing this resource. Some reasons that participants may not be utilizing the gym are lack of time, work schedules, the language barrier in utilizing the equipment and childcare concerns. If participants are not utilizing the gym they may not complete the program and may be at risk of contracting diabetes and possibly losing a limb. In order to understand the specific barriers for this group in utilizing this resource, a survey was developed and distributed to English speaking participants of the DPP. That survey concluded the greatest barriers were time management and work schedules. With this in mind, it is recommended that time management support be a part of session zero, to set up participants for success.