Diabetes Prevention Program

National-DPP-Logo-1-494x256Are you at risk for type 2 diabetes?
The Diabetes Prevention Program is a series of free classes that can help you make lasting changes to fight the key risk factors for diabetes.

If you are at risk but have not received a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes, this evidence-based program can help you. It combines coaching from a certified lifestyle educator with proven learning materials and small-group support to set you on the path to better health.

Classes help you incorporate healthy eating and physical activity into your daily life. Lifestyle coaches work with you to identify emotions and situations that can sabotage your success, and the group process helps you share strategies for dealing with challenging situations. You’ll learn more about prediabetes and how to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.

Prediabetes: You Could Be at Risk
Prediabetes means your blood glucose (sugar) is higher than normal, but not yet diabetes.  Diabetes is a serious disease, which can cause heart attack, stroke, blindness, kidney failure or loss of toes, feet or legs.  Type 2 diabetes can be delayed or prevented in people with diabetes, however, through effective lifestyle changes.

Take the first step.  Find out your risk for prediabetes by taking this simple quiz: Prediabetes Screening Test

Got your results? Now you’re ready to make a change for life!

New classes are beginning in summer 2014. If you are interested in attending one of these free programs, please call 770.214.CARE. The registration line is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Class size is limited, so register early.

For a list of classes and locations, click here: Diabetes Prevention Program – Class Schedule Summer 2014

About the Diabetes Prevention Program
The Diabetes Prevention Program was created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and will be offered in west Georgia by Get Healthy, Live Well volunteers.

  • The CDC estimates that about 35 percent of adults have prediabetes and many of them don’t know it.  That means that nearly 40,000 adults in Carroll, Haralson and Heard counties have prediabetes.
  • The Diabetes Prevention Program can help people cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes in half.
  • The Diabetes Prevention Program research study showed that making modest behavior changes helped participants lose 5 to 7 percent of their body weight—that is 10 to 14 pounds for a 200-pound person.
  • These lifestyle changes reduced the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58 percent in people with prediabetes.
  • Participants work with a lifestyle coach in a group setting to receive a 1-year lifestyle change program that includes 16 core sessions (1 per week) and 6 post-core sessions (1 per month).