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.


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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.