This small-group program helps people with prediabetes eat healthier, increase their physical activity and lose weight, which can delay or even prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes.

Based on research funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the 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.

If you have been diagnosed with prediabetes, or believe you may be at risk for developing the disease, the Y is here to help you! Led by trained lifestyle coaches, the program strives to help participants achieve two primary goals:

  • Reduce body weight by 7%
  • Engage in regular physical activity
  • Support and Encouragement
  • Learn Healthy Lifestyles
  • Set and achieve goals
  • Trained lifestyle coaches


For each "Yes" answer below,
add the number of points listed:
Yes No
Are you a woman who has had a baby weighing more than 9 pounds at birth? 1 0
Do you have a parent with diabetes? 1 0
Do you have a brother or sister with diabetes? 1 0
Find your height on the chart below. Do you weigh as much as or more than the weight listed for your height? (BMI >25) 5 0
Are you younger than 65 years of age and get little or no physical activity in a typical day? 5 0
Are you between 45 and 64 years of age? 5 0
Are you 65 years of age or older? 9 0

* If you scored a 9 or higher, you are at higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes.


At-Risk Weight Chart

Height   Weight (lbs) Height       Weight (lbs) Height         Weight (lbs)
4'10"         129 5'4"               157 5'10"              188
4'11"         133 5'5"               162 5'11"              193
5'             138 5'6'               167 6'                  199
5'1"          143 5'7"               172 6'1"                204
5'2"          147 5'8"               177 6'2"                210
5'3"          152 5'9"               182 6'3"                216

Yes, there is a program fee to participate, however, your insurance plan may cover the cost. The Y also offers financial assistance and grant funding to help offset participant fees.

Registration is open for upcoming classes across the Greater St. Louis region. If you are interested in attending a class, please call 314-421-8838 or email

Call our Community Health Department at 314-421-8838 or email

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The YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program will help you to:

  • Learn about and adopt healthy eating and physical activity habits that have been proven to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
  • Receive support and encouragement from both a trained lifestyle coach and fellow classmates
  • Develop a plan for improving and maintaining your overall well-being.