The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program helps adults at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles by eating healthier, increasing physical activity, and losing a modest amount of weight in order to reduce their chances of developing the disease.  A trained lifestyle coach facilitates the small group of participants in learning about healthier eating, physical activity and other behavior changes over 25 sessions delivered over the course of one year. 


Currently enrolling eligible participants for new classes at the following locations:

  • Blaisdell YMCA Thursdays starting on March 1, 12-1pm
  • Burnsville YMCA Wednesdays starting on January 31, 5-6pm
  • Cora McCorvey YMCA Saturdays starting on March 17, 12-1pm
  • Emma B. Howe YMCA Mondays starting in Feb 26, 12-1pm
  • Hudson YMCA Thursdays starting on February 8, 11:30am-12:30pm
  • Forest Lake YMCA Thursdays starting March 15, 11:30am-12:30pm
  • River Valley YMCA Tuesdays starting in April 3, 10:30-11:30am
  • St. Paul Midway YMCA Thursdays starting on February 15, 5:30-6:30pm
  • Southdale YMCA Wednesdays starting on February 28, 2:30-3:30pm
  • Woodbury YMCA Fridays starting March 23, 12:15am-1:15pm

Please call our offices for more details.

Interested in participating?

We are continually trying to start up new classes at various locations according to interest. Please reach out to us to let us know of your location and we will try our best to accommodate your request.  Once we have enough interested participants in a location, we will get started with a new class.

Contact us to learn more.

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is an evidence-based program that uses a group lifestyle intervention designed to reduce the risk of diabetes in individuals with pre-diabetes or at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes. This program has been proven to cut people’s chances of developing the disease by more than half. You do not need to be a YMCA member to participate.

Class locations vary and are held throughout the Greater Twin Cities and Western Wisconsin. 

Learn more by reading our "story" on the YUSA website; http://www.ymca.net/diabetes-prevention

Call us at 612-230-3487 or email us at DiabetesPrevention@ymcamn.org to register or get additional information.

Cost for a full year access (16 weekly core sessions plus maintenance sessions) is $429.  Pricing scholarships are available with proof of low income.