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Diabetes Prevention Program

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​​​What is the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP)?

The Diabetes Prevention Program is a lifestyle change program and uses a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-designed curriculum called PreventT2.

It is designed for people with a high risk for Type 2 diabetes who want to lower their risk.

The group meets:

  • Weekly for 16 weeks in a row.
  • Then, there are 10 follow-up sessions.
  • Each session is 60 minutes long.

The PreventT2 Lifestyle Change Program can help you make achievable and realistic lifestyle changes and reduce your risk of Type 2 diabetes by more than half.

No referral from a provider is needed.

Who is eligible to attend DPP sessions?

Any participant must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Not be pregnant at the time of enrollment
  • Qualify through body mass index (BMI)
  • Have a blood test meeting only one of these specifications:
    • Fasting blood glucose of 100 to 125 mg/dl
    • Plasma glucose measured 2 hours after a 75 gram glucose load of 140 to 199 mg/dl
    • HgbA1c of 5.7 to 6.4
    • Clinically-diagnosed gestational diabetes mellitus during a previous pregnancy
    • A positive screening for prediabetes based on the CDC Prediabetes Screening

    Participants cannot have a previous diagnosis of Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes prior to enrollment

    No referral from a provider is needed.

How much does it cost?

Marshfield Clinic Health System is offering the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) through Distance Learning free of charge to anyone!

The Distance Learning format uses email to exchange information with participants. Our program also uses Webex to meet over the internet.

You need a private, quiet area to listen and engage with the facilitator and the other participants. A link will be emailed to you with the session materials that are being presented.

What other Diabetes Prevention Programs are available?

Visit the CDC website for other programs.

What have past participants said about DPP?

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​“I think the pr​ogram was beneficial because it was very informative on the weekly​​ handouts.  I still like to look back and read up on the suggestions for eating healthy and to get in the 150 minutes of activity each week.  I love our group and the meetings!  I like to hear that we all go through the same things/struggles."

​“The comradery and support of the group was wonderful and really helped everyone in the group succeed.  The program gets back to the basic fundamentals of good health.  There are no flashy gimmicks or complicated rules here.  Rather, small changes and challenges that combined to make a world of difference.  The lifestyle coach did a great job of leading the group and helping us discover our inner potential. This was the first time I attempted any program like this and the results have been outstanding."

​“The DPP has given the support and opportunity to slowly change my life style.  I read labels when shopping, weigh and measure what I eat and have been slowly losing weight. I didn't gain the weight overnight and even though I wish that it would disappear overnight, this has been successful. We have been changing one thing at a time and I believe that is the secret to success!"

​“It is a grace-filled, safe place where you are accepted just as you are. The program and coaches meet you where you're at and encourage you from there. While the pressures of life continue to press in, this program is a very supportive, positive and judgement-free space."​


For more testimonials found on the CDC website, click here. ​

What is the best day and time for YOU to join a Diabetes Prevention Program cohort?  

VOTE HERE:  Best Day and Time for me and DPP​

How do I learn more?

Join our next Information Session on:
Thursday, ​January 12 at 11 a.m. or
Tuesday, January 17 at 6 p.m.

To receive telephone call-in numbers or for a Webex link, email: wes.prediabetes@marshfieldclinic.org. ​

For more information on the program, call 715-387-9357.


Register Now​​


Additional resources

Weight Management​ Overview​​​​