YMCA's Diabetes
Prevention Program

Unlimited Support. Measurable Changes.

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program helps adults at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes reduce their risk for developing the disease by taking steps that will improve their overall health and well-being. Learn if you are at risk for diabetes by taking a brief online assessment.

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New! Virtual Diabetes Prevention Program Open for Registration

We've partnered with Noom Coach, a leading mobile application, to offer a virtual Diabetes Prevention Program that goes wherever you do. The program includes easy-to-read articles and interactive challenges to foster healthy habits, one-year access to a personal coach, food tracking, access to a virtual group of supportive peers, and personalized feedback on your progress. This is offered separately from the in-person YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program classes.

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Program Overview

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is a year-long program with 19 weekly sessions followed by 6 monthly sessions. In a relaxed classroom setting, a trained Lifestyle Coach helps participants learn skills that will help them incorporate healthy eating, increasing physical activity, and other behavior changes into their everyday lives.  The goals of the program are 7 percent weight loss and an increase in physical activity to 150 minutes per week.

Research by the National Institutes of Health has shown that programs like the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program can reduce the number of new cases of type 2 diabetes by 58%, and 71% in adults over the age of 60.

To be eligible for this program, participants must be at least 18 years old with a BMI of 25 or greater and at risk for developing type 2 diabetes or have been diagnosed with prediabetes. Youth under 18 and persons diagnosed with diabetes do not qualify. A Y membership is not required for participation.

Upcoming Sessions

8th Street YMCA

900 N. 8th Street, Kansas City, KS 66101
Spanish Language Class: Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.
Information session July 19, enrollment closes August 23

Cleaver Family YMCA

7000 Troost Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64131
Thursdays, 6:30 p.m.
Information session May 18, enrollment closes June 15

Downtown Kansas City, MO

Exclusive to City of Kansas City employees
Tuesdays, 12 p.m.
Information session June 20, enrollment closes July 25

JCCC Olathe Health Education Center

21201 W 152nd Street, Olathe, KS 66061
Wednesdays, 6 p.m.
Information session June 20, enrollment closes July 25

Linwood Family YMCA

3800 E Linwood Boulevard, Kansas City, MO 64128

English Language Class: Tuesdays, 6 p.m.
Information session June 27, enrollment closes August 1

Spanish Language Class: Thursdays, 6:30 p.m.
Information session June 29, enrollment closes August 3

North Kansas City YMCA

1999 Iron Street, North Kansas City, MO 64116
Spanish Language Class: Mondays, 6:30 p.m.
Information session July 24, enrollment closes August 28

Paul Henson Family YMCA

4200 W 79th Street, Prairie Village, KS 66208
Thursdays, 6 p.m.
Information session June 8, enrollment closes July 6

Platte County Community Center South

8875 Clark, Parkville, MO 64152
Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m.
Information session June 13, enrollment closes July 18

Providence YMCA/Ball Family Center

8601 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, KS 66112
Tuesdays, 6 p.m.
Information session June 20, enrollment closes July 25

Virtual Diabetes Program

Open enrollment through July 31.

Payment Options

The cost of the year-long program is $429. You have the option to:

  • Make a one-time payment
  • Make monthly payments for six months. A $100 non-refundable first payment due at the first session and the remaining balance can be paid over the next five months.
  • Contact your health insurance provider to see if this program is covered through your plan. Major insurance payers in Missouri include United, Anthem, Humana, Aetna, Essence, Home State Health Plan​ and​ Missouri Care.
  • Apply for financial assistance to receive a scholarship to participate in the program.

For more information about payment and applying for financial assistance, contact 816.285.8050 or HealthyCommunity@KansasCityYMCA.org.

Get Started

Complete this intake form, and fax or mail it to our Community Integrated Health department.

Secure Fax: 844-691-5926

Mailing Address: 
North Kansas City YMCA
ATTN: Community Integrated Health

1999 Iron Street
North Kansas City, MO 64116

Diabetes Prevention Program Form

Don's Story

Don had been active and didn’t have a family history of diabetes. So he was shocked to learn after a routine physical that his blood work showed he had prediabetes.

By the time Don was three months into the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program, he had already lost 75 percent of the weight he wanted to lose and had worked up to 150 minutes a week of exercise.

“I feel really good,” he said. “I feel healthier, I feel more active, I feel so good I could do things that I couldn’t do before.”

When his brother asked for help moving, he was able to say yes. And now he’s not carrying around extra weight when he chases his grandson.

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program also offers the support of a lifestyle coach and other participants experiencing similar challenges. “Sue is my instructor. She does an outstanding job,” Don said. “She really encourages us.”

Bring This Program To Your Workplace

We can work with you to bring this program on site for your employees as an employee benefit to make it accessible to more people. For more information about how to bring the program to your organization, contact us at 816.285.8050 or HealthyCommunity@KansasCityYMCA.org.

Thanks to Our Supporters

Sun Life Financial provides support and funding to YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program. The program also is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance, Humana Foundation, Johnson County Department of Health and Environment, and Community Health Council of Wyandotte County. For more information about how you or your organization can support this program, contact us at 816.285.8050 or HealthyCommunity@KansasCityYMCA.org.

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