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Prevention is Possible and Powerful!

Did you know that 1 in 3 American adults have prediabetes and most don’t know it? If you happen to be the “1”, the NKFM’s Diabetes Prevention Program can help you take small steps towards living a healthier life in a supportive environment!

Watch a video on how the Diabetes Prevention Program has transformed the lives of fellow Michiganders.


Participants will be a part of a small, supportive group lead by a trained lifestyle coach. You’ll learn about healthier eating habits, ways to be more physically active and other behavior changes over the course of 16 weekly one-hour sessions. The group will continue meeting monthly, completing a full year of the Diabetes Prevention Program. As a participant, you’ll be working towards:

  • Losing 5-7% of your starting body weight
  • Being physical active for 150 minutes per week

Information Sessions and Workshop Start Dates

Information sessions and workshops are forming now! Click the host location below to register for the workshop and a representative from the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan will get back with you to answer any questions you have and will provide you with more information about the Diabetes Prevention Program. 

Host Location: Information Session and First Session Start Date:

Mercy Health Shared Services
Kentwood, MI

Information session: Tuesday, December 20, 2016
First session begins: Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Times: 3:30-4:30 p.m. and  5:30-6:30 p.m.

Peter Wege Center for Health
Grand Rapids, MI

Information session: Monday, January 2, 2017
First session begins: Monday, January 9, 2017
Times: 3:30-4:30 p.m. and  5:30-6:30 p.m.

The Other Way Ministries
Grand Rapids, MI

Information session: Monday, January 2, 2017
First session begins: Monday, January 9, 2017
Times: 3:30-4:30 p.m. and  5:30-6:30 p.m.

Rockford, MI

Information Session: Thursday, January 5, 2017
First Session Begins: Thursday, January 12, 2017
Times: 3:30-4:30 p.m. and 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Chelsea Wellness Center
Chelsea, MI

Information Session: Wednesday, January 18, 2017
First Session Begins: Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Time: 7-8 p.m.

University of Michigan - North Campus Research Center
Ann Arbor, MI

Information session: Tuesday, January 24, 2017
First session begins: Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.

St. Joseph Mercy Brighton
Brighton, MI

Information Session: Thursday, January 26, 2017
First Session Begins: Thursday, February 2, 2017
Time: 6-7 p.m.

University of Michigan Ypsilanti Health Center
Ypsilanti, MI

Information session: Monday, February 6, 2017
First session begins: Monday, February 13, 2017
Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Priority Health Conference Center
Grand Rapids, MI

Information Session: Wednesday, February 8, 2017
First Session Begins: Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Across Michigan

Do we not have a workshop scheduled near you? Fill out the 
Diabetes Prevention Program form to request information about upcoming workshops and suggest future workshop locations!


The NKFM has various funders and insurers covering the Diabetes Prevention Program. For more information or to see if you qualify, email preventdiabetes@nkfm.org or call 800-482-1455. 


To qualify for the Diabetes Prevention Program, participants must be overweight and at high risk for developing diabetes. Not sure if that’s you? Take the CDC’s Prediabetes Risk Test to determine your risk. Your doctor can also tell you if you’re at risk through a blood test with one of the following results:

  • Fasting plasma glucose between 100-125 mg/d
  • A1c between 5.7% and 6.4%
  • 2-hour Plasma Glucose between 140-199 mg/dl

Family history also is a major risk factor, as well as a history of gestational diabetes.


  • The NKFM is a premier provider of the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) in Michigan. Since starting DPP in 2012, we’ve served over 730 participants throughout Michigan.
  • In November 2014, the NKFM was the first organization in Michigan to receive full recognition under the CDC’s Diabetes Prevention Recognition Program (DPRP). The purpose of the DPRP is to recognize programs that have shown that they can effectively deliver a proven lifestyle change program to prevent type 2 diabetes
  • Our DPP participants have lost an average of 5.8% of their starting body weight and are physically active for an average of 167 minutes per week.
  • Nearly 90% of our Diabetes Prevention Program participants feel very confident in their ability to eat healthier and to be physically active for 150 minutes per week.
  • The NKFM is experienced in providing evidence-based programs and is a leader in diabetes prevention.

Based on research funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Diabetes Prevention Program reduces the risk of new cases of developing type 2 diabetes by 58%, and by 71% in people over the age of 60.


"When I first heard of the Diabetes Prevention Program I was not on board. I didn't think it pertained to me, but I attended because of my wife's suggestion. The program opened my eyes each week as I attended the weekly sessions. I have to say, having my wife at my side for support was a blessing. The benefits from what I learned will stay with me for a lifetime! I now look at labels on food, think twice about what I'm eating with more controlled portions, and have increased exercise by joining the YMCA.  Listening to others in the class and their problems were very much of my own. The whole workshop was a good experience! I'm thankful towards my lifestyle coach for doing an excellent job!" Doug - Taylor, MI

"The Diabetes Prevention Program is taught in layers, and wasn’t daunting at all. Each session is structured in a way you can easily wrap your brain around, and the lessons tag on to the lifestyle changes learned in the previous weeks. This program changed my understanding of what ‘exercise’ really is. I realized physical activity was more manageable when I was actually being active rather than exercising in place. I try to take extra walks with my dog as a way to increase my activity level in a productive way. I had a fabulous experience participating in the program. I appreciate the support from my lifestyle coach as well as the participants in my class always supporting one another." Gretchen - Ada, MI

Thank you to our generous program supporters:

  • Area Agency on Aging - 1B
  • Beaumont Health
  • 5 Healthy Towns
  • Genesee Health Plan
  • Michigan Department of Health & Human Services
  • Priority Health
  • St. Joseph Mercy Health System
  • United States Department of Health & Human Services: Office on Women’s Health
  • University of Michigan

Want to Become a Lifestyle Coach?

Empower adults to change their lives! Lifestyle Coaches deliver the NKFM's National Diabetes Prevention Program using curriculum developed by the CDC. Lifestyle Coaches will help participants develop and maintain the skills needed to adopt healthy eating and physical activity habits, and support participants by providing information, encouraging progress, and working with the group to address any challenges or barriers that arise.

Lifestyle coaches receive free training and certification to implement the program and do not need to be health care professionals. A per session stipend of $50 is provided to facilitators. Facilitators should be able to commit to leading one workshop per year (this includes the 16 weekly sessions, and 6-8 follow up monthly sessions). Weekly time commitment varies between 4-6 hours per week.

We are currently looking for Coaches to teach in the following locations: 
Ann Arbor, Flint, Grand Rapids, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Stockbridge, Manchester, Washtenaw County, Muskegon County, Oakland and Wayne Counties, Newaygo, Montcalm and Ionia Counties.


  • Knowledge of the principles of behavior change and group facilitation
  • Ability to communicate effectively with individuals and in front of a small group
  • Ability to guide behavior change without prescribing personal actions or solutions
  • Ability to build relationships with individuals and create community within a group
  • Ability to work with a diverse group of people of varying ages, ethnicities, life experiences, etc. 
  • Active listening skills
  • Enthusiasm and a positive attitude
  • Knowledge of basic health, nutrition, and fitness principles

Interested in becoming a coach?

To apply to become a lifestyle coach, please fill out the lifestyle coach interest form. The NKFM has established policies and procedures to ensure the quality of its Diabetes Prevention Program. Please read the lifestyle coach statement of understanding to further understand the requirements of a lifestyle coach.

If you have further questions about applying to become a lifestyle coach, contact hr@nkfm.org.

Below are some links that will help you along the way as a part of the Diabetes Prevention Program. If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact the DPP team at preventdiabetes@nkfm.org.

Diabetes Information

CDC Prediabetes Screening Test
Diabetes Educator

Learning About Diabetes
Michigan Department of Community Health
National Diabetes Education Program

For Coaches

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Common Ground - A learning environment for lifestyle coaches
Michigan DPP Partner Network

Help With Tracking

Lose It!


Below are some documents to help physicians better understand the Diabetes Prevention Program, as well as a recommendation form for patients. If you have any questions, please contact preventdiabetes@nkfm.org.

My Choice. . . My Health Health Care Physician Flyer
Diabetes Prevention Program Fact Sheet
My Choice. . . My Health Physician Recommendation Form
My Choice. . . My Health Physician Recommendation Form - Spanish


Take control of rising diabetes-related costs and ensure the health of your employees and consider including the Diabetes Prevention Program in your suite of health benefits.

Know the facts:

  • Diabetes currently affects 1 in 10 adults, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates as many as 1 in 5 adults could have type 2 diabetes by 2025, if nothing changes. (Population Health Metrics:2010)

  • People with diagnosed diabetes incur on average 2.3 times the medical expenses of comparable people without diabetes. (Diabetes Care:2010)

  • U.S. economic burden of pre-diabetes and diabetes reached $218B (2007).  This estimate includes $153B in higher medical costs and $65 billion in reduced productivity.  (Health Affairs:2007)

  • Diabetes accounts for 15 million absent work days; 120 million work days with reduced productivity; and 107 million work days lost due to diabetes-related unemployment. (National Business Coalition on Health: July 2013)

  • People on average, have medical expenditures approximately 2.3 times higher that what expenditures would be in the absence of diabetes.  (Diabetes Care:2013)

​To learn more, download the employers flyer. If you have questions about offering the Diabetes Prevention Program in your workplace, please contact the NKFM at 800-482-1455.