Frequently Asked Questions

I have been diagnosed with diabetes. Is the Diabetes Prevention Program for me?

This program is a prevention program for those who have been diagnosed with prediabetes or may be at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. If you are currently living with diabetes, the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan can connect you to other resources to help you manage your diabetes, like Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) or the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan’s Diabetes-PATH program. For more information, visit or call the NKFM at 800-482-1455.

How do I know if I qualify for the program?

To qualify for this program, individuals must be 18 or older, have a BMI of 25 or greater, be at a high risk for developing type 2 diabetes, or have been diagnosed with prediabetes by a physician. You can also take the Diabetes Risk Test to determine your personal risk. For more information on classes or to see if you qualify, email or call the Diabetes Prevention Center at 800-482-1455.

How long is the program and how often are sessions held?

The Diabetes Prevention Program is a year-long program that consists of 16 weekly sessions, followed by monthly sessions for added support and to help maintain progress. Each session meeting is an hour long.

What happens in each session?

In a group setting, a trained lifestyle coach facilitates a small group of participants in learning about healthier eating, physical activity, and other behavior changes. Topics covered include: healthy eating, getting started with physical activity, overcoming stress, staying motivated, and more!

Do I need to purchase any equipment before starting the program?

No outside equipment is necessary for this program.

How do I learn more?

You can find a class location near you and RSVP for an information session by going to the Find a Class page. You can also call the NKFM at 800-482-1455 to sign up.