The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is an innovative lifestyle modification program designed to help those at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes to reduce their risk and gain tools for healthy living.

Led by a YMCA trained lifestyle coach, the program focuses on healthy eating, increasing physical activity and losing a modest amount of weight to reduce the risk for type 2 diabetes.

Research has shown that YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program can reduce the number of new cases of type 2 diabetes by as much as 58% and by 71% among adults aged 60 years or older.

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is based on the landmark Diabetes Prevention Program led by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and is supported by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Program Goals

  • Lose 7% of your total body weight (about 10-15 pounds for a 200 lb. person)
  • Engage in regular physical activity, gradually increasing your physical activity to 150 minutes per week (about 30 minutes per day, 5 days per week)

How it Works

  • Participants meet in a private setting, led by a trained YMCA Lifestyle Coach
  • The program is delivered over a 12-month period, beginning with 16 one-hour weekly sessions, followed by monthly maintenance sessions
  • Craft a plan for healthy eating, increasing physical activity, reducing stress, problem solving, and more
  • Brainstorm strategies to stay motivated and maintain progress toward the program’s goals
  • All participants will receive four months of individual YMCA membership during the first four months of the program. Financial assistance may be available to those who apply.

Who Can Participate?

In order to qualify for the program, you must be:

  • 18 or older
  • Overweight (determined by a BMI ≥ 25), and
  • At high risk for developing type 2 diabetes indicated by a confirmatory blood test or a qualifying risk score


Please contact us at or (510) 318-7670 for more information.