About the Prevent Diabetes Program

This program is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, led by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). This program is proven to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes in adults.

Groups meet with a trained lifestyle coach to learn skills make lasting changes. These changes include:

  • Losing a little bit of weight
  • Getting more active
  • Dealing with stress

You will get support from other people who are trying to make the same changes. Together you can find ways to conquer hurdles and celebrate progress.

The group meets about 30 times over one year. Each meeting lasts one hour. Your lifestyle coach will teach a lesson and lead a group conversation.

The goal for you is to:

  • lose 5 to 7 percent of your starting weight
  • improve your food choices
  • increase your physical activity

If you have prediabetes, these lifestyle changes can cut your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by more than half!

There is currently no cost to participants. In some cases, we can bill insurance for your classes. Let us know if you have Medicare or the Oregon Health Plan.

More about Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. When you have type 2 diabetes, your body can’t use its own insulin as well as it should. This causes sugar to build up in your blood.

Are you at risk for type 2 diabetes?

You could be at risk if you:

  • have prediabetes (based on a blood test)
  • are overweight
  • have a parent, brother, or sister with type 2 diabetes
  • are physically active less than 3 times a week
  • have ever had diabetes while pregnant
  • have given birth to a baby who weighed more than 9 pounds
  • are African American, Hispanic/Latino American, American Indian, or Alaska NativeL SIGN UP for the program.

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If you have any questions or to get on the list for an upcoming workshop, please call (541) 322-7446 or email sarahw@deschutes.org

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I realize that beating myself up and not loving myself the way I am at this moment only perpetuates unhealthy eating in the long run. The workshop was super helpful and made me mindful about what I’m going to eat.

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