Healthy Living for Life

Prevention is Possible

If you're at risk for type 2 diabetes, lifestyle changes such as getting regular physical activity, eating a variety of healthy foods and losing a modest amount of weight can cut diabetes risk and lead to a healthier way of life.

YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is proving to be a model that can help you achieve these changes. The program is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program.


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Our Program

YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program is a one-year lifestyle modification program designed for adults aged 18 or older who are overweight and at high risk for type 2 diabetes. The evidence-based program supports participants to reach a healthier weight and achieve an active lifestyle to reduce diabetes risk. 

Program Features:

  • Attend 25 one-hour sessions over 12 months
  • Small-group, supportive environment (8-15 people)
  • Led by a trained Lifestyle Coach offering guidance and motivation
  • 6 months of YMCA membership included!

Program Highlight

Since 2014, the Y of San Francisco has served more than 650 people across three counties in three languages.

In our one-year program, participants:

  • Lose an average of 5.5% body weight (about 11 pounds for a 200-pound person)
  • Achieve an average physical activity level of 162.5 minutes per week
  • Self-report a reduction in portion sizes 

Let's Get Started!



  • Be aged 18 or older
  • Be overweight (BMI >24.9, for Asians >22.9) - check your BMI here.
  • Have Prediabetes* verified via a confirmatory blood value, Gestational Diabetes during previous pregnancy or a qualifying risk score.

*Individuals with a current or previous health history of type 2 diabetes do not qualify for this program

Program Schedule (Multi-Lingual)

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, all classes are currently delivered remotely via Zoom.


  • Wednesdays at 10-11 am beginning May 12 (open enrollment to 05/26/2021)
  • Tuesdays at 6:30-7:30 pm beginning June 15 (open enrollment to 06/29/2021)
  • Additional classes coming August and September 2021


  • Additional classes coming July 2021


  • Additional classes coming July 2021


Program Price

$109* per month for 6 months. YMCA membership included!

*Financial Assistance is available to those who qualify. *Discounted rates are included for current Y members. Please call to inquire. Employer, Insurance and Medicaid Coverage may be available. *No cost to San Francisco Health Plan Members. *No cost to Health Plan of San Mateo Members. 


Questions about the Program?

Rachelle Price, Director of Health Initiatives or 415-767-2035