Needing to lose some weight? Ready to make some lifestyle shifts? Lifestyle change programs, can help you make modest lifestyle changes and cut your risk of type 2 diabetes by more than half.  

Without weight loss or moderate physical activity, many people with prediabetes can develop type 2 diabetes within 5 years. Type 2 diabetes is a serious condition that can lead to health issues such as heart attack, stroke, blindness, kidney failure, or loss of toes, feet, or legs. The lifestyle changes you make in the Diabetes Prevention Program will help you prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.

A quick risk test will help you determine if you are at risk for developing Type 2 Diabetes. 


Turn Around Pre-Diabetes:

By participating in the Shasta Family YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program*, you will find the skills you need to lose weight, be more physically active, and manage stress. A trained lifestyle coach will guide and encourage you. You will receive support from other participants with the same goals as you – and have fun!

Our Program:

If you have prediabetes or other risk factors for type 2 diabetes, it’s time to take charge of your health. Our Diabetes Prevention Program is a one-year lifestyle modification program designed for adults who are overweight and at high risk for type 2 diabetes. The evidence-based program supports participants to reach a healthier weight and achieve an active lifestyle to reduce diabetes risk. 

Program Features:

·One year of support with 26 one-hour sessions over 12 months, weekly meetings for the first 6 months, then once or twice a month for the second 6 months.

·Small-group, supportive environment (8-15 people).

·Led by a trained Lifestyle Coach offering guidance and motivation.

·Community members receive 1+ months of a YMCA facility membership. Current Y facility members receive personal training sessions. 

Program Qualifications:

To participate in the program, you must meet the following qualifications:

1.   18 years or older

2.   Overweight (BMI ≥ 25)

3.   Score 5 or greater on the Risk Test (link

OR Diagnosed with prediabetes via one of three blood tests (or a previous diagnosis of gestational diabetes):

·Hemoglobin A1C between 5.7%-6.4% 

·Fasting plasma glucose (FPG) between 100-125 mg/dL 

·2- hour plasma glucose (OGTT) between 140-199 mg/dL |

Individuals who have been diagnosed with either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes DO NOT qualify for this program. 

Program Price:

The cost of the 12-month program is $429 after grant funding is applied (previously costing $1000 per participant), this may also be paid in monthly installments of $37/month.  Financial assistance may be available to those who qualify. 

The cost of not preventing type 2 diabetes is much larger. According to the American Diabetes Association People with diagnosed diabetes incur average medical expenditures of $16,752 per year, of which about $9,601 is attributed to diabetes. On average, people with diagnosed diabetes have medical expenditures approximately 2.3 times higher than what expenditures would be in the absence of diabetes.

More Information:

There are currently no active diabetes prevention program sessions operating at the Shasta Family YMCA . If you are interested in enrolling in a new session, please email us at [email protected] or pre-register for free and we will notify you when the next session is open for enrollment. 

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*The Shasta Family YMCA is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program.  

To find out more about Prediabetes in Shasta County, visit