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National Diabetes Prevention Program



National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) -- This program is offered periodically through a grant from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE). A registered nurse and dietitian, who are diabetes educators, coach a group of 12-14 participants, focusing on lifestyle changes such as improving food choice and increasing physical activity) to prevent Type 2 diabetes. The program includes 16 weekly classroom sessions, plus six follow-up sessions scheduled throughout the year. Participants must meet specific criteria. 

Participants must have a documented, blood-based diagnostic test indicating they have pre-diabetes within the past year, according to one of the following specifications:

  • Fasting plasma glucose of 100 to 125 mg/dl
  • Plasma glucose measured 2 hours after a 75 gm glucose load of 140 to 199 mg/dl
  • A1C of 5.7 to 6.4
  • Clinically diagnosed Gestational Diabetes during a previous pregnancy (may be self-reported)


If none of these measures are available, people who are interested in the program may visit http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/prevention/ to take a Pre-Diabetes quiz. A percentage of program participants may come from testing positive for Pre-Diabetes on this quiz.