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Diabetes Prevention Program

Reduce your diabetes risk and gain tools for a healthy lifestyle
The Diabetes Prevention Program can help you reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and help you adopt and maintain a healthy lifestyle to reduce your chances of developing diabetes. This evidence-based program helps individuals with pre-diabetes prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes Facts

Diabetes is a common condition and is on the increase

  • 86 million American adults have pre-diabetes.
  • 9 out of 10 people with pre-diabetes don’t know that they have it.

Diabetes is a serious disease

  • Diabetes is the key leading cause of heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, amputation and blindness.
  • Diabetes is one of the leading causes of death in Maryland

 Diabetes is preventable

  • Studies shows that lifestyle changes such as eating healthy, increasing physical activity and losing weight can help prevent type 2 diabetes.

About the Program
This FREE Diabetes Prevention Program runs for a period of 12 months.  This 12-month lifestyle modification program offers nutritional guidance, exercise sessions and support to help prevent or delay diabetes onset. Throughout the program, a trained Lifestyle Coach will give participants the help and support they need to make and sustain lifestyle changes to prevent or delay the onset of  type 2 diabetes.

Participants receive tools to help them monitor activity patterns, eating habits and physical activity to assist them in achieving success.

To qualify for this program, you must be:

  • At least 18 years old
  • Have a Body mass index (BMI) of 24 or higher (for Asians 22 or higher)
  • A recent documented blood test indicating  pre-diabetes
    • Fasting blood glucose of 100 to 125 mg/dl
    • Two –hour glucose test with result of 140-99mg/dl
  • HbA1c of 5.7 to 6.4
  • Clinically diagnosed gestational diabetes



Program Goals:

  • Lose 7% of your current body weight
  • Gradually increase your physical activity to at least 150 minutes per week

Individuals who enroll in the Diabetes Prevention Program will:

  • Participate in a one-year Diabetes Prevention Program that includes
    • Core Session  – consisting of 12 weekly sessions
    • Post-Core Session  – consisting of 4 bi-weekly/monthly sessions
    • Support Session  – consisting of 6 monthly sessions
  • Self–Monitor weight
  • Track and learn more about healthy eating and physical activity.
  • Learn how to problem-solve and stay motivated.

Topics Include

  • Become a "fat detective"
  • Keys to healthy eating out
  • Being active: a way of life
  • Managing stress
  • Talk back to negative thoughts
  • Ways to stay motivated
  • Problem solving


To obtain information on diabetes prevention screenings at Holy Cross Hospital and in the community, please call 301-754-8800



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