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%
  • Increase physical activity for 150 minutes per week
  • 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 man or a woman? Man (1 point) Woman (0 points)
If you are a woman, have you ever been diagnosed with gestational diabetes? 1 0
Do you have a mother, father, sister, or brother with diabetes? 1 0
Have you ever been diagnosed with high blood pressure? 1 0
Are you physically active? 0 1
How old are you?

Younger than 40 years
(0 points)

40-49 years
(1 point)

50-59 years
(2 points)

60 years or older
(3 points)

What is your weight category? (See chart below)  

* If you scored a 5 or higher, you are at higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

 At-Risk Weight Chart

Weight Chart

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.