Diabetes effects 1 in 10 Los Angeles County residents costing an estimated $6 billion each year. It is the leading cause of heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney disease and nerve disease.  Many cases of Type 2 diabetes can be avoided if discovered and treated early.  This is known as pre-diabetes, which is seen in about 79 million American adults.  Pre-diabetes is, in most cases, is a reversible condition where blood glucose levels are higher than normal.  People with pre-diabetes are likely to develop Type 2 diabetes within 10 years, unless preventative action is taken, and that is where the Santa Monica Family  YMCA can help.

Our Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) is part of the Centers for Disease Control Diabetes Prevention program and is also endorsed by the Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance. Research conducted by the National Institutes of Health has proven that programs like ours can reduce the number of cases of type 2 diabetes by almost 60%. We will work with you through our DPP to be sure you receive the best possible support and advice.

We’ll teach you ways to eat healthier, increase physical activity and how to make other changes to improve your overall health and well-being. Lifestyle changes like this can prevent or delay development of Type 2 diabetes for those at high risk.

Session Topics Include:

  •   Ways to Eat Less Fat
  •   Tip the Calorie Balance
  •   Take Charge of What’s around you
  •   Problem Solving
  •   Four Keys to Healthy Eating Out
  •   You Can Manage Stress
  • Ways to Stay Motivated

Virtual Online Classes are available to ALL individuals in the community. A YMCA membership is not required for participation in this program. Financial assistance is also available to those who qualify.

We look forward to seeing you!

Take control of your health…take control of your life.


CLICK HERE to view the Program Flyer


To learn more about the program and its cost, please contact Lidia Magarian, Senior Director, at 310/393-2721 ext. 129 or email: lidiam@ymcasm.org.

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program uses a CDC-approved curriculum and is part of the CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program. YMCA of the USA offers access to YMCA’s DPP through a network of local YMCAs, and YMCA’s DPP may or may not be a covered benefit under your health insurance policy, worksite wellness program, Medicare Plan, or other applicable federally funded healthcare program. To find out whether YMCA’s DPP is covered under your policy and to determine any cost-sharing responsibilities, contact your insurance company, health plan administrator, wellness program sponsor, Medicare or Medicaid. Any dispute regarding coverage of YMCA’s DPP should be brought to your insurance provider or benefit program administrator. Neither YMCA of the USA nor any local YMCA warrants or guarantees any specific outcome for YMCA’s DPP participants with respect to diabetes prevention.


Joining the blood pressure self-monitoring program is an investment in your health and a commitment to reducing your risk for heart attack or stroke.

The YMCA Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program helps adults with hypertension achieve the goal of lowering and managing their blood pressure through increased awareness of triggers that elevate it. In this 4-month evidence-based program participants will:
• Attend at least two personalized consultations per month with our trained Healthy Heart Ambassador
• Learn measuring techniques and record blood pressure at home to share during consultations
• Attend monthly nutrition education seminars to develop healthier eating habits


• Reduction in blood pressure and better blood pressure management
• Increased awareness of triggers that elevate blood pressure
• Enhanced knowledge to develop healthier eating habits


• Be at least 18 years old and be diagnosed with high blood pressure
• Not have experienced a recent cardiac event
• Not have atrial fibrillation or arrhythmias
• Not be at risk for lymphedema
• YMCA membership is not required to participate in the program.

For more information and registration, contact Lidia Magarian, Chronic Disease Prevention Director (310) 393-2721 Ext. 129 or email: lidiam@ymcasm.org

Click link below to see the flyer & take the Prediabetes Risk Test

BPSM flyer

Prediabetes Risk Test

At this time the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program is on hold until further notice.  Please contact Lidia Magarian at lidiam@ymcasm.org for information.


Cancer is a life-changing disease that takes a tremendous physical and emotional toll on those affected. The Y and the LIVESTRONG Foundation have joined together to create LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, a research-based physical activity and well-being program designed to help adult cancer survivors achieve their whole body health goals.

Participants work with Y staff trained in supportive cancer care to safely achieve their goals such as building muscle mass and strength; increasing flexibility and endurance; and improving confidence and self-esteem. By focusing on the whole person and not the disease, LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is helping people move beyond cancer in spirit, mind and body.

Who can participate in LIVESTRONG at the YMCA?

The program is open to adult cancer survivors, 18 years and older, who qualify to participate through an intake interview and can commit to participating consistently for the 12-week program.

How does the program work?

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA meets two times per week for 75-90 minutes per session. Days and times of the class may change throughout the year as different participants express interest.

When does the class start?


What is the cost of the program?

The LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is a no-cost to participants program.  In addition, cancer survivors and their immediate family, will receive a complimentary 12-week membership to our facility.  The family membership is included so that the participant’s family may join them on this health journey.

If you would like to see more about this program, please take a look at any of the following videos:

Video Links:

A LIVESTRONG at the YMCA story (2 minutes) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pnBgJz1tq8c

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA –(10 minutes) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJhC2DPBeyw

 LIVESTRONG Foundation Who We Are (6 minutes) https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=C9mj2X-m2bU

For more information about LIVESTRONG at the YMCA at the Santa Monica YMCA, please contact Lidia Magarian , Chronic Disease Prevention Director at (310) 393-2721, ext. 129 or lidiam@ymcasm.org

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