YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program

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 16 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.

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Did You Know?

30 million Americans have diabetes

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

84.1 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 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)

How To Enroll

The next session will begin in January 2020, and will be held at the following locations:

To enroll, call the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program Line at 727.235.6472 or visit one of our YMCA locations and inquire at Member Services. For questions, contact Kieran Gabel, Director of Healthy Communities, at kgabel@stpeteymca.org or 727.394.9622 ext. 214.

Classes are also available at our partner sites: St. Anthony's Hospital, Pinellas County School Board, Florida Blue Service Centers, City of St. Petersburg,  Pinellas County Government, Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital and Alignment Healthcare. Please contact us for dates and times.


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.

Financing and Insurance Coverage

Financial assistance and payment plans are available for qualifying individuals based on household income. If you have one of the following insurance plans, you may be eligible to participate at no cost. Call today to find out:

*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.


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.