About the Prevent Diabetes Program

Prevent Diabetes Central Oregon is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It is proven to help people with prediabetes prevent or delay type 2 diabetes and reduce risk factors for people with type 2 diabetes.

Groups meet weekly for the first 16 sessions, then once or twice a month for the rest of the year. Each group meets about 30 times over the course of the program. During each session, your lifestyle coach will teach a lesson and lead a group discussion.

As part of a group, you will work with other participants and a trained lifestyle coach to learn the skills you need to make lasting changes. These changes include losing a modest amount of weight, being more physically active, and managing stress. Being part of a group provides support from other people who are facing similar challenges and trying to make the same changes you are. Together you can celebrate successes and find ways to overcome obstacles.

Your goal will be to lose 5 to 7 percent of your body weight—that is 10 to 14 pounds for a person weighing 200 pounds—by improving your food choices and increasing 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 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. Most of the food we eat is turned into glucose, or sugar, for our bodies to use for energy. The pancreas, an organ that lies near the stomach, makes a hormone called insulin to help glucose get into the cells of our bodies. 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.

Type 2 diabetes is a serious condition. It can lead to health issues such as heart attack; stroke; blindness; kidney failure; or loss of toes, feet, or legs. Lifestyle change is not easy, but living with type 2 diabetes requires constant management and support from a health care team.

Check our Living Well Central Oregon page for more information about learning skills for living with type 2 diabetes.

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


Are you at risk for type 2 diabetes?

You could be at risk if you:


  • have prediabetes
  • 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 or given birth to a baby who weighed more than 9 pounds
  • are African American, Hispanic/Latino American, American Indian, or Alaska Native


Take the risk test below. If you pass the test and/or if your blood sugar level is normal, you can STILL SIGN UP for the program.

Click here to take a RISK TEST


“In just a few weeks, I got back to feeling better – and back to being the kind of person I like to be.”

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