The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) is part of the CDC’s National Diabetes Prevention Program. It helps people at risk learn how to make lifestyle changes and stick to them. As part of a small, supportive group, you’ll learn how to eat healthier, lose weight, and incorporate more physical activity into your life. A trained coach will guide the group in how to make better choices over the course of 16 one-hour weekly sessions. After that, you’ll meet monthly, for one full year of the program. It’s helpful, it’s enlightening and it works.
The DPP reduces the risk of new cases of developing type 2 diabetes by 58%, and by 71% in people over the age of 60.
Are you ready to change? Let’s find out. On a scale of 1 – 10, how ready are you to:
If you weren’t at least a “7” in at least 3 categories, consider if this is the right time for you to join DPP.Ready to change?
To qualify for the Diabetes Prevention Program, participants must be overweight and at high risk for developing diabetes. Not sure if that’s you? Take the Risk Test to determine your risk for diabetes. Your doctor can also tell you if you’re at risk through a blood test with one of the following results:
Family history of diabetes as well as a history of gestational diabetes are also major risk factors.Take the Test
The NKFM does what we can to protect your health information when using Zoom. All class sessions are password protected and are never recorded. Even with these in place, we are dependent on the Zoom platform for security. By joining the Zoom meeting you are acknowledging this risk and hold harmless the NKFM and/or our representatives.
In a small group led by a trained lifestyle coach, you’ll learn about healthier eating habits, ways to be more physically active and other behavior changes over the course of 16 weekly one-hour sessions. The group will continue meeting monthly, completing a full year of the Diabetes Prevention Program. As a participant, you’ll be working towards losing 5%-7% of your starting body weight and being physically active for 150 minutes per week.
Your lifestyle coach will support you throughout the year-long program. You’ll have access to the coach during class as well as support outside of class through email, text messages, phone calls, or personal notes. Coaches are there to support you when you’re struggling, and further encourage you when you’re doing well. Your coach will stay engaged with you however works best for you.
Based on research funded by the National Institutes of Health and the CDC, the Diabetes Prevention Program reduces the risk of new cases of developing type 2 diabetes by 58%, and by 71% in people over the age of 60. As a program participant, you’ll be working towards losing 5%-7% of your starting body weight and being physically active for 150 minutes per week. We promise to be with you every step of the way!
During the workshop you’ll learn a number of things to help you toward your goal of avoiding diabetes including:
This program changed my understanding of what ‘exercise’ really is…I try to take extra walks with my dog as a way to increase my activity level.”
Gretchen Ada, MI
The combination of passionate staff and lifestyle coaches, experience, dedication and knowledge make this program one of the best ways to prevent type 2 diabetes. Other factors include:
The program opened my eyes…the benefits from what I learned will stay with me for a lifetime.”
Doug Taylor, MI
At a recent appointment with my doctor, I found out that I am no longer prediabetic and my glucose levels are normal. When DPP came along, my life changed. I’m managing my eating and losing weight. Please continue to bring this class to others to improve their health.”
Betania Alvarez Grand Rapids, MI
This program had a light at the end of the tunnel that seemed like it could actually do something for me. This was the first program I tried that was a real lifestyle change and not a diet.”
Alan Zander Farmington Hills, MI
Among the program’s many strengths are the enthusiastic instructors who lead meetings and are available in between to encourage and answer questions.”
Mary Jo Frank Dexter, MI
The Diabetes Prevention Center funds the Diabetes Prevention Program through a mix of sponsorships, grants, employers, insurance reimbursement and self-pay.
The Diabetes Prevention Program is a covered benefit for Medicare Part B and C beneficiaries. For Medicare to cover your cost there will be benchmarks for you to meet, including class attendance and weight loss. DPP will be a one time benefit, meaning Medicare will pay for participants to enroll one time only.
Medicare requires that participants have lab results in the ranges below. The blood test must have been taken within the last year. Please bring a copy of lab results to your information session.
The Diabetes Prevention Program is a covered benefit for Priority Health Commercial members who have a prediabetes blood test result in the range shown below, a history of gestational diabetes or are at high risk for diabetes as determined by risk test available here: risk test link. If you have blood test results, please bring proof to the first information session.
The Diabetes Prevention Program will be a covered benefit for eligible Health Alliance Plan (HAP) Medicare Advantage and HAP Midwest Health Plan beneficiaries. For HAP to cover your cost there will be benchmarks for you to meet, including class attendance and weight loss. DPP will be a one time benefit, meaning HAP will pay for participants to enroll one time only.
To be eligible, HAP participants must have lab results in the ranges below. The blood test must have been taken within the last year. Please bring a copy of lab results to your information session.
The Diabetes Prevention Program is a covered benefit for Physicians Health Plan members who are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Take the risk test to see if you qualify.Take the Test
If you live in Ingham, Jackson, Kent, Livingston, Muskegon, or Washtenaw County the Diabetes Prevention Program may be covered by community grant funding. Attend an information session to learn more.
There are many payment options available including use of flexible spending accounts, payment plans and scholarships. Please attend an information session to learn more.
If you don’t qualify right now for the Diabetes Prevention Program, or if you’re not quite ready for the year long program, please take a look at some of the other no-cost, distance learning programs offered by the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan.