National Diabetes Prevention Program
The National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) is an evidence-based lifestyle change program for preventing type 2 diabetes. It can help people cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes in half. The Diabetes Prevention Program research study showed that making modest behavior changes helped participants lose 5% to 7% of their body weight—that is 10 to 14 pounds for a 200-pound person. These lifestyle changes reduced the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58% in people with prediabetes.
Participants work with a lifestyle coach in a group setting to receive a 1-year lifestyle change program that includes 16 core sessions (usually 1 per week) and then monthly post-core sessions. Each session lasts approximately one hour. The National DPP is also offered virtually.
To be eligible to participate in the program you must be at least 18 years old, have a BMI of 25 or greater (23 or greater for Asian Americans), and have prediabetes (A1C of 5.7-6.4) or be at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
Find a Class
In Washington County, the National DPP is offered by Meritus Health, Washington County Health Department (WCHD), and the Washington County Commission on Aging (WCCOA).
Virtual (Meritus) starting this spring
To be put on a waitlist for the next upcoming class, please email firstname.lastname@example.org