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 — which earned full recognition from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for meeting or exceeding quality benchmarks — helps individuals with prediabetes prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.

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About the Diabetes Prevention Program

This Diabetes Prevention Program runs for a period of 12 months. This 12-month lifestyle modification program offers nutritional guidance, exercise sessions, and supports 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. Participation in the program is free to qualified registrants.


To qualify for this program, you must:

  • Be 18 years or older
  • Be overweight (body mass index above 25, or 23 if you are Asian)
  • Have NOT been diagnosed with type 1 or type 2 diabetes
  • NOT be pregnant

In addition, you must meet ONE of the following criteria:

  • Have had a recent blood test in the prediabetes range, which includes one of the following tests and results:
    • Hemoglobin A1C: 5.7–6.4 percent or
    • Fasting plasma glucose: 100–125 mg/dL or
    • Two-hour plasma glucose (after a 75 gm glucose load): 140–199 mg/dL
  • Have received a result of high risk for type 2 diabetes on the Prediabetes Risk Test.

Program Goals:

  • Lose 7 percent 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
    • Weekly sessions for six months
    • Bi-weekly/monthly sessions for six months 
  • 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
  • Talkback to negative thoughts
  • Ways to stay motivated
  • Problem-solving

Diabetes Prevention Program Success Story

Yvonne B

Yvonne B.

"I was addicted to sugar and flour products and I had no concept of portion control. That all changed. Three months into the program I was no longer pre-diabetic.”

Read Yvonne's Story

Learn about our year-long Diabetes Prevention Programs by calling 301-557-1231.