Diabetes Prevention

Take Control of Your Health


  • About 86 million American adults have prediabetes, a condition where blood glucose levels are higher than normal.
  • Half of all Americans age 65 or older have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
  • People with prediabetes are likely to develop type 2 diabetes within 10 years, unless they take action to prevent or delay the disease.
  • Diabetes is a leading cause of heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney disease and nerve disease.


If you are at risk for type 2 diabetes, the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program provides a supportive environment where you can work with others in a small group setting to learn how to adopt healthy habits to reduce your chances of developing the disease.

Are you at risk? Take this quick test! 


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

Program Goals

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

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.
**To confirm if the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program is a covered benefit under your health insurance, contact the Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance at 1-800-237-4942.


Financing and Insurance Coverage

If you have one of the following insurance plans, you may be eligible to participate at no cost. Call today to find out:

  • United Health Care: 800-237-4942
  • Florida Blue: 855-215-0235

Financial assistance and payment plans are available for qualifying individuals based on household income.

New Participants:

Upcoming Classes

Program Graduates:

Maintenance Classes 

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.

For more information contact:

Kieran Gabel
Director of Healthy Communities

727.394.9622 ext 214 (Bardmoor YMCA office)
727.697.7155 (Enrollment Line)

Make a Gift

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