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 through an online platform called HALT Diabetes.
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 based on the prediabetes risk test.
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).
In Person (Meritus) starting September 16, 2021 on Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m.
Information session September 9, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.
To register, sign up here.
Online (WCHD) starting October 4, 2021
Information session September 28, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.
To register, email Ashley.Sanders@meritushealth.com or call 301-790-8675
[Español/Spanish] In Person (Meritus) starting October 10, 2021 on Sundays at 3:15 p.m.
El programa comenzará el 10 de octubre de 2021, los domingos de las 3:15 a las 4:15 p.m.
Information session October 3, 2021 at 3:15 p.m. / Sesión de información 3 de octubre de 2021
To register, call Milly Lewis at 301-790-8208 / Para más información llame a Milly Lewis al 301-790-8208
For Questions or to learn more about the National Diabetes Prevention Program contact Ashley Sanders at Ashley.Sanders@meritushealth.com or call 301-790-8675