YMCA of Greater St. Louis


YMCA of Greater St. Louis

YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program


Did you know that more than 562,000 people in the St. Louis area are living with prediabetes, but more than 90 percent of them are not aware that they have it?

Prediabetes is a potentially reversible condition that often leads to diabetes, and 79 million people in the US are estimated to have it.  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!


Based on effective efforts researched by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program will help you learn about and adopt the healthy eating and physical activity habits that have been proven to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Through the program you will receive support and encouragement from both a trained lifestyle coach and fellow classmates as you develop a plan for improving and maintaining your overall well-being.

Want to assess your risk for prediabetes and diabetes? Click HERE to download an assessment from or take the American Diabetes Association's online risk test.

Classes form on an ongoing basis throughout the St. Louis and surrounding areas.  For information about classes, program fees, financial assistance or to find out if you qualify, please contact:

Joyce Hoth
YMCA of Greater St. Louis
1528 Locust Street
St. Louis, MO 63103
Phone: 314-436-1177

Click HERE for a brochure about the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program.

About the Program
As a leading nonprofit for strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y believes that all people should be able to live life to its fullest, healthiest potential. In the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program a trained lifestyle coach will introduce topics in a small classroom setting and encourage participants as they explore how healthy eating, physical activity and behavior changes can benefit their health.

How it works:
The 12-month group-based program consists of 16 core sessions, followed by monthly maintenance sessions led by a trained lifestyle coach who facilitates a small group of people with similar goals.

Discuss topics such as healthy eating, increasing physical activity, reducing stress, problem solving, and much more.

Stay motivated to maintain progress towards program goals with monthly maintenance sessions.

Program Goals:
Lose 7% of your body weight
Gradually increase your physical activity to 150 minutes per week.

You will do this by learning strategies for:
Healthy Eating—Eating smaller portions, reducing fat in your diet and discovering healthier food options has been proven to help prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes (1).

Increasing Physical Activity—Studies have repeatedly shown that moderate physical activity (walking, swimming, mowing the lawn) for as little as 30 minutes, five days a week can help improve your blood pressure, raise your good cholesterol and prevent blood flow problems (2).

Losing Weight—It has been shown that reducing your body weight by even a small amount (as little as 7%) can offer tremendous benefits for people at risk for diabetes (3).

Based on research funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the program has been shown to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by as much as 58%. The reduction was even greater, 71%, among adults aged 60 years or older.