Healthy Living for Life

Prevention is Possible

Recent research shows 46% of California residents have prediabetes.

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.

The Y’s Diabetes Prevention Program is proving to be a model that can help you achieve these changes.

Our Program

Our 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 26 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 700 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 

Recognized by the CDC

The YMCA of San Francisco is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Full recognition is reserved for diabetes prevention programs that have effectively delivered quality, evidence-based programming that meets all of the standards for CDC recognition including use of a CDC-approved curriculum and trained lifestyle coaches who can help build participants’ skills and confidence to make lasting lifestyle changes.

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Program Requirements

To qualify, you must:

  • 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


SPANISH via Zoom Online - Tuesdays from 6:30 - 7:30 PM beginning September 19, 2023. Open enrollment through 10/10/23.

ENGLISH via Zoom Online - Wednesdays from 6:00-7:00pm beginning September 27, 2023. Open enrollment through 10/18/23. 


SPANISH In-person, Mission YMCA - Wednesdays from 6:30 - 7:30 PM beginning September 6, 2023. Open enrollment through 9/27/23.

ENGLISH In-person, Peninsula Family YMCA - Tuesdays from 6:30-7:30pm beginning November 14, 2023. Open enrollment through 12/12/23.


Program Price

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

  • Financial Assistance is available to those who qualify.
  • Employer and Insurance coverage may be available—there is no cost to Active and Eligible Members of San Francisco Health Plan and Health Plan of San Mateo as well as those within San Francisco Health Network - Provider Referral Required.


Questions about the Program?


Michael Davis
Engagement Specialist or 650-837-0545


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

Concerns & Complaints

Jackie O'Brien
Director of Legal and Risk or 617-990-2757