Attend free diabetes management and prevention classes

Updated for 2017: Metro Health and the YMCA of Greater San Antonio teamed up to fight the diabetes locally and want to remind the community of free classes for diabetes prevention and management.

While 13 percent of Bexar County’s population lives with diabetes, the good news is that individuals living with diabetes can take steps to control the disease, prevent future complications, and live long and healthy lives. What’s more, type 2 diabetes is preventable and those with prediabetes can prevent or delay the onset of developing diabetes through weight loss and physical activity. According to the CDC, in 2012 approximately 29 million individuals in the United States had diabetes and an estimated 86 million adults had prediabetes.

People at higher risk of developing diabetes include those of African American, Hispanic or Latino, and American Indian decent.   Other risk factors include being over 45 years of age, being overweight or obese, having a family history of diabetes, having gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy), giving birth to a baby with a birth weight of more than nine pounds, having high blood pressure or high cholesterol, and exercising less than three times a week. 

Individuals who feel they or someone they know is at risk should ask their healthcare professional for the A1C test, a standard measure of the overall effectiveness of blood glucose control over a period of time.  Individuals can also assess their risk at

The YMCA offers two programs that are aimed at equipping those at risk with the knowledge, tools and support necessary to make these changes. The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is a free, 12-month program that provides a supportive environment where participants work together to learn about healthy eating and increasing their physical activity to prevent diabetes.

The Y Living Program is a free, 12-week program that takes a holistic, family-based approach to chronic disease prevention. This unique program empowers families to obtain total wellness through enriching the sprit, mind and body. Families participate in seminars twice a week that equip them with the knowledge and tools necessary to prevent illnesses resulting from obesity and a sedentary lifestyle. Following each seminar, families have fun and get moving through a group exercise class or other physical activity. 

Metro Health offers a free, six-week, healthy living workshop for individuals living with diabetes and their family members or caretakers. The evidence-based workshop, developed at Stanford University, provides a supportive environment for individuals to learn how to safely manage diabetes on a daily basis. Workshops cover a range of topics including healthy eating, goal setting and problem solving, dealing with stress and negative emotions, relaxation techniques, and working with your doctor.

Not sure which program is best for you? Visit to see which program can help you. Programs are offered at locations across the San Antonio area and new sessions are being added regularly.

For more information contact:

Y Living and YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program
Veronica Wong-Rizzo

Stanford Diabetes Self Management Program
Stacy Maines