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Diabetes Prevention Program

What is the Diabetes Prevention Program?

The CDC Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) is a lifestyle change program delivered in-person or online, developed specifically to prevent type 2 diabetes.  The structure of the class is based on research led by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which showed that individuals can decrease their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58% when they lose a small amount of weight (5% - 7% percent of total body weight) through healthful eating and being physically active for 150 minutes per week.

The DPP is not a quick fix. It is a yearlong program that focuses on making modifications that are lasting. Classes are delivered by professionally trained lifestyle change coaches, in a group setting, over a 12-month period. Sessions take place weekly for 6th months, followed by a second 6th months of maintenance.

According to CDC, during the first 6th months of the program, participants will learn how to:

  • Eat healthy
  • Add or increase physical activity
  • Deal with stress
  • Cope with difficult challenges like dining out 

The following second 6th months enhances skills learned for maintaining changes. Sessions will review key ideas such as training food and physical activity, goal setting, staying motivated and overcoming barriers. 

The cost of the CDC DPP varies depending on the location, organization offering the program as well as the type of program (online or in-person). For details on the cost, contact the program directly. Also, some employers and insurance companies cover the program, so check with your employer or insurance company to see if the program is covered.


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Page Updated: 2/2/2018