Are you at risk for diabetes? The good news is that type 2 diabetes CAN be prevented. The National Diabetes Prevention Program is a proven way to prevent type 2 diabetes for people who have pre-diabetes or who are at risk for type 2 diabetes by making small lifestyle changes. This Lifestyle change group meets every week for an hour with a trained Lifestyle Coach who leads the weekly sessions to help you improve food choices, increase your physical activity and learn skills to maintain weight loss and lifestyle change and start living your life with a healthier you!
National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) is an evidence-based lifestyle change program designed for people diagnosed with pre-diabetes or who are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Trained Lifestyle Coaches facilitate 16 one-hour weekly sessions and help participants set and achieve personal lifestyle goals. Each session covers eating plans, exercise, and lifestyle change to help participants achieve two primary goals:
- Reduce and maintain individual weight loss by 5-7%
- Participate in regular physical activity.
The program also provides a 6 - 8 month follow-up to help participants maintain lifestyle changes. A national research study demonstrated that participants in the DPP Lifestyle Intervention group:
- Prevented or delayed type 2 diabetes by losing a modest amount of weight through diet and physical activity.
- Reduced their risk of developing the disease by an average of 58%.
- Reduced their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by an average of 71% if the participant was aged 60+.
In addition, participants who attended nine or more classes lost a greater percentage of their body weight as compared to other participants. Self-reported general health status improved by the end of the program and was sustained at the six-month follow-up. A higher proportion of participants reported that their health was “very good” or “excellent” at the end of the 16 weeks. More than 70% of participants reported at six months that their general health was “much better” or “somewhat better” than before the program.