Stop Diabetes Before it Starts

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!

Change isn't easy, but with small and consistent steps, you can build a healthy lifestyle that lasts.

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.

To qualify, you must: 

  • Be aged 18 or older
  • Be overweight (BMI >24.9). For Asian Individuals, BMI >22.9.
  • Have pre-diabetes determined via a confirmatory blood value, have had Gestational Diabetes during previous pregnancy or meet a qualifying risk score.
  • Individuals with a current diagnosis or previous health history of type 2 diabetes do not qualify for this program.


Program Schedule

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all classes currently meet virtually via Zoom. 


  • Wednesdays at 5:30-6:30 pm beginning February 17 (open enrollment to 03/03/2021)
  • Wednesdays at 5:30-6:30 pm beginning March 17 (open enrollment to 03/31/2021)
  • Thursdays at 10-11 am beginning April 15 (open enrollment to 04/29/2021)
  • 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)


  • 2021 Schedule To Be Announced


  • 2021 Schedule To Be Announced


Program Price: $109 per month for 6 months** - YMCA membership included!

**Discounted rates are included for current Y members; please call to inquire.
Employer, Insurance and Medi-caid Coverage may be available. Financial Assistance is available to those who qualify.


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Program Highlight

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 

Questions about the Program?

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