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 the course of 12 months
  • Small-group, supportive environment (8-15 people)
  • Led by a trained Lifestyle Coach
  • YMCA membership not required
  • Insurance or employer coverage may be available

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Change isn't easy, but with small and consistent steps, you can make healthy lifestyle choices that last.

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
  • Overweight (BMI >24.9. For Asian Individuals, BMI >22.9)
  • At high risk for developing type 2 diabetes determined via a confirmatory blood value^, Gestational Diabetes during previous pregnancy or a qualifying risk score

^Individuals with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes do not qualify for this program.


Program Schedule


English Classes

Thursdays 6:00 - 7:00 PM (PST)

*Beginning July 23, 2020 at Virtual Location (via Zoom)

Spanish Classes

No classes scheduled at this time


Cantonese Classes

No classes scheduled at this time



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