mom and son unloading groceriesThe YMCA of San Diego County has partnered with The Skinny Gene Project to provide an evidence-based lifestyle change program for preventing type 2 diabetes. This Diabetes Prevention (DPP) is a 12-month, small-group program that helps participants make lifestyle changes such as eating healthier, including physical activity in their daily lives, and improving problem-solving and coping skills.


  • 12-month small-group program.
  • Weekly sessions for months 1-6.
  • Monthly sessions for months 7-12.
  • All sessions are 60 minutes and lead by a trained lifestyle coach.


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  • Reduce risk of diabetes.
  • Work with a trained coach to make lasting lifestyle changes.
  • Learn healthy eating habits.
  • Add physical activity into your everyday routine.
  • Get support from people with similar goals and challenges.
  • Learn ways to manage stress, stay motivated and solve problems that can slow your progress


Program Goals

  • Make realistic, lasting lifestyle changes through work with a trained coach.
  • Learn healthy eating habits and add more physical activity into your days.
  • Find ways to manage stress, stay motivated and solve problems that can slow your progress.
  • Get support from people with similar goals and challenges.
  • Reduce risk of diabetes.

1 in 3 American adults have prediabetes, and more than 80% don’t know they have it. — Centers for Disease Control

The good news is, lifestyle changes such as eating healthier, increasing physical activity and losing a modest amount of weight can prevent or delay development of type 2 diabetes in those at high risk for the disease. The Diabetes Prevention Program can help you adopt and maintain these healthy habits to reduce your risk and ensure that you can live life to its fullest.


This lifestyle change program is currently being offered at Jackie Robinson Family YMCA. Members of Sharp Community Medical Group can participate at the South Bay Family YMCA. If you are ready to reclaim your health, complete the interest form below. Once submitted, a YMCA representative will contact you to confirm eligibility and registration.

Diabetes Prevention Program Interest

skinny gene project logoTHE SKINNY GENE PROJECT

The Skinny Gene Project is a division of the J. Moss Foundation that works within the community to education those who may be at risk (and don't know it) of developing diabetes. Through step-by-step nutritional counseling, Their evidence-based lifestyle change program is recognized by the CDC for effectively being able to help prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.

After Congress authorized the CDC to establish the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP), Skinny Gene was the first organization in San Diego County to partner join the NDPP and bring this program to San Diegans.


If you have questions about the program, please contact us via email: [email protected].