The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program helps adults at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles by eating healthier, increasing physical activity, and losing a modest amount of weight in order to reduce their chances of developing the disease.

Do you have questions? Contact our Community Health team at preventdiabetes@gwrymca.org or (314) 598-2120.



 Reduce body weight by 7%


 Increase physical activity to 150 minutes per week

Months 0-4

Meet once a week.

Months 4-5

Meet two times per month.

Months 6-12

Meet once a month.



Yes, there is a program fee. However, some insurance providers cover the cost of the program. In addition, the Y is committed to reducing or covering the cost of the program through financial assistance or grant funding for eligible participants. 

We are now offering the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program virtually! Registration is open for upcoming classes across the Greater St. Louis region. If you are interested in learning more about the program and participation options, please call 314-598-2120 or email preventdiabetes@gwrymca.org.

In-person Diabetes Prevention Program options may be available at the following locations:

Unfortunately, you do not qualify for this program, but the YMCA has other programs and services available that you may qualify for. Click on the links below for more information.

Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring (BPSM)
Nutrition Services

Type 2 diabetes is a disease characterized by high blood sugar, also known as blood glucose. This is your body's main source of energy and primarily comes from the food you eat. Typically, a hormone produced in the pancreas called insulin moves glucose to your cells so that it can be converted to energy. However, with type 2 diabetes, the body either won't produce the right amount of insulin or doesn't use it correctly. Too much glucose will stay in your blood instead of reaching your cells, which leads to health problems such as: 

  • Increased hunger, thirst and urination
  • Fatigue
  • Blurry vision
  • Numb or tingling feeling in your extremities 
  • Sores that don't heal
  • Weight loss

When you don't take diabetes prevention steps or follow a good care plan, you can end up with heart disease, nerve damage, kidney disease, eye disease and more. Often, you can prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes. Losing weight if you're overweight and keeping it off can prevent or delay diabetes. Also, moving more and eating healthy foods are positive changes.

The YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program is designed to help those at risk for type 2 diabetes. Our team will work with you to: 

  • Offer Support and Encouragement
  • Set and achieve goals
  • Help You Learn Healthy Lifestyles
  • Provide Trained lifestyle coaches

Yes! The Y is committed to ensuring healthy living across the region through several evidence-based programs that support those who have been diagnosed with or are at risk of developing chronic conditions such as cancer, diabetes, Parkinson's, and high blood pressure.

Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program

Exercise for Parkinson's

Nutrition Services


Social Support Services

Community Gardens