The Diabetes Prevention Program is a national program that is proven to help people lower their chance of developing type 2 diabetes by teaching them about healthy eating and ways to increase physical activity. The program is not designed for people who already have type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes can be prevented, and you can improve your health by doing more physical activity and eating healthier foods.
What are the key parts of the Diabetes Prevention Program?
A trained lifestyle coach leads the program and helps participants change certain aspects of their lifestyles, like reducing stress, getting more physical activity and eating healthier. The program also includes group support from others who share similar goals and struggles.
This lifestyle change program is not a quick fix, and it is not a fad diet. It is a year-long program focused on long-term lifestyle changes and results that last. Weekly check-ins keep participants accountable to stay on track along their journey, and they also provide a forum for questions, discussion and support.
A year sounds like a long commitment, but learning new skills, creating new habits and gaining confidence takes time. As you become more active and start eating better, you’ll notice changes in how you look and feel.
When you join the Diabetes Prevention Program, you can expect to:
Improve Your Health
The Diabetes Prevention Program can help you lose weight through eating better and becoming more physically active. You will learn how to reduce stress and cope with challenges. These things will help reduce your chance of developing type 2 diabetes and other serious health problems, like heart disease or stroke.
Learn About Nutrition and Exercise
You will learn how to track your food and physical activity every day. You’ll become a fat and calorie detective, and learn new ways to fit physical activity into your busy schedule.
Feel Better and More Energetic
Many participants say they feel better and have more energy than they did before joining the program. Imagine feeling happy about making healthy choices and enjoying being physically active.
Be a Role Model
The Diabetes Prevention Program is a national movement to prevent type 2 diabetes that you can be a part of. Seeing your commitment to improving your health can motivate and inspire your friends and family to do the same.
This short video shows how joining a Diabetes Prevention Program can help you get the support you need to be successful.
Join the program
See a list of classes offered in your area, and find more information on registering for the program.
In this video from the CDC, people with prediabetes talk about how group lifestyle change classes offered as part of CDC's National Diabetes Prevention Program helped them learn and keep healthy habits.
LincolnHealth Director of Emergency and Urgent Care Services Nancy Jackson, RN, MSN, and Great Salt Bay Community School and LincolnHealth Nurse Kerri Lilly, RN, BSN received statewide awards from the Maine chapter of the American Nurses Association.