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Prevent type 2 diabetes with the National Diabetes Prevention Program
The National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) is a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-led, proven lifestyle change program that can help people with prediabetes cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes in half. A trained lifestyle coach works with participants to teach lifestyle skills needed to make lasting changes — like eating healthier, adding physical activity and managing stress.
The goal of this year-long program is for participants to lose 5 to 7 percent of their body weight and gain 150 minutes of weekly physical activity. Program participants meet weekly for 16 weeks over an initial six-month period, and monthly over the next six months.
The CDC National DPP curriculum is based on findings from the Diabetes Prevention Program research study, a randomized controlled trial conducted by the National Institutes of Health.
This study showed that people with prediabetes who lost a modest amount of weight — 5 to 7 percent, or about 15 to 20 pounds for most people — reduced their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58 percent over a three year period.
Encourage others to take the Could You Have Prediabetes risk test to see if they are at risk. The test is quick and anonymous.
Diabetes Prevention Program
Sign up for a class in Minnesota through the YMCA, Well Connect or Juniper.
- YMCA’s DPP – Find a program near you.
- Juniper – Sign up for National DPP classes. Juniper also has proven falls prevention and chronic pain and disease management programs.
- University of Minnesota Extension - I CAN Prevent Diabetes. There are classes available across greater Minnesota, including some in other languages.
Find a comprehensive list of National DPP classes recognized by the CDC’s Diabetes Prevention Recognition Program. National DPP providers submit their data to CDC to be recognized for achieving high-standards set for National DPP programs.