YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program

Did You Know?

34.2 million Americans have diabetes

Diabetes is a leading cause of heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney disease and nerve disease.

88 million Americans have prediabetes

People with prediabetes are likely to develop type 2 diabetes within 10 years, unless they take action to prevent or delay the disease.

The Good News

If you are at risk for type 2 diabetes, the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program provides a supportive environment where you can lose weight and learn how to adopt healthy habits to reduce your chances of developing the disease.

58% of all new cases of type 2 diabetes can be prevented, and 71% of new cases in individuals over age 60 can be prevented

through programs like the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program.

Data based on research from the National Institutes of Health (Source)

In a classroom setting, a trained lifestyle coach facilitates a small group of participants in learning about healthier eating, physical activity and other behavior changes over the course of 24 one-hour sessions.

Program Goals:

  • Reduce body weight by 7%
  • Increase physical activity to 150 minutes per week.

After the initial 16 core sessions, participants meet biweekly and then monthly for added support to help them maintain their progress.

Are you at risk? Take this quick test!


"The YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program has been a 'Game Changing' experience for me. In September of 2019, I was diagnosed with elevated A1C and my Physician recommended that I enroll in this program, offered by the YMCA. This program has provided me with the tools to ensure that I do not come down with this disease. By tracking what I eat, and making better choices, I have lost over 9% of my starting body weight as well as a reduction of my A1C into normal levels. I could not be happier with my results and find that I am living my best life - all due to this program. I could not have done this without participating."

- Scott, YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program participant at Bardmoor YMCA (class became virtual in March, 2020)

"Although our in-person meetings were halted, I still felt the same camaraderie and support during our Zoom meetings from Kieran (my lifestyle coach) and my co-workers. The Zoom meetings still provided the accountability that I needed to stay engaged with the program. I have been successful in my weight loss as well as decreasing my lab values. This has been an eye opening class that has reinforced my view on healthy eating habits. Thank you YMCA!"

- Cathy, YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program participant in a Baycare Corporate Account (class became virtual in April, 2020)


How To Enroll

To enroll, call the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program Line at 727.235.6472 or contact Kieran Gabel, Director of Community Health, at kgabel@stpeteymca.org or 727.895.9622 x5214.

Current Offerings:

  • Virtual Class - Mondays at 5:30PM, beginning November 16, 2020

Who Can Participate

In order to qualify for the program, you must be at least 18 years old, overweight (BMI > 25)* and at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes or have been diagnosed with prediabetes** by a healthcare provider.

*Asian individual(s) BMI > 22
**Individuals who have already been diagnosed with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes do not qualify for this program.

Financing and Insurance Coverage

Financial assistance and payment plans are available for qualifying individuals based on household income. If you are covered by Medicare, you may be eligible to participate at no out-of-pocket cost. Some commercial insurance and employers also cover the cost of the program. Call today to find out.

Already Diagnosed with Diabetes?

Our partners at St. Anthony's Hospital's LifeHelp Center and the St. Pete Free Clinic offer programs to support you with opportunities for education from qualified health professionals on your health journey.


Make a Gift

To support the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program and other programs that encourage healthy living, please consider making a donation.