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My Choice . . . My Health is the Diabetes Prevention Program of the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan. It helps those at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles by eating healthier, increasing physical activity and losing a modest amount of weight in order to reduce their chances of developing the disease. Based on research funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the program reduces the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58%. In a group setting, a trained lifestyle coach facilitates a small group of participants in learning about healthier eating, physical activity, and other behavior changes over the course of 16 weekly one-hour sessions. Topics covered include healthier eating, getting started with physical activity, overcoming stress, staying motivated, and more. After the initial 16 sessions, participants meet monthly for added support to help them maintain their progress.

The NKFM is recognized as a leader in diabetes prevention and has earned Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Full Recognition for My Choice. . . My Health. Learn more about the CDC's Diabetes Prevention Recognition Program and the standards that the NKFM has met by effectively delivering the life-changing program.

Information Sessions and Class Start Dates

Information sessions and classes are forming now! Click the location name below to submit your contact information 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 My Choice. . . My Health. 
*In order to meet minimum class sizes, class start dates may need to be rescheduled.

Location: Information Session and First Class:

Oakwood Physical Therapy & Wellness Center
Dearborn, MI

Information Session: 6/25/15
First class begins on 7/2/15, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Dexter United Methodist Church
Dexter, MI

Information Session: 6/24/15
First class begins on 7/8/15, 9-10 a.m.

Stockbridge Community Education Center
Stockbridge, MI

Information Session: 6/22/15
First class begins on 7/20/15, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Thea Bowman Community Health Clinic
Detroit, MI

Information Session: 8/5/15 and 8/12/15
First class begins on 8/19/15, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

DMC Sinai Grace Hospital
Detroit, MI

Information Session: 9/15/15
First class begins on 9/22/15, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Schoolcraft College
Garden City, MI

Information Session: 9/15/15
First class begins on 9/22/15, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital
West Bloomfield, MI

Information session: 9/16/15
First class begins on 9/30/15, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

  Across Michigan If you would like to be notified when classes are scheduled in your area, please fill out the My Choice. . . My Health form.

Payment Options:


  • Priority Health has partnered with the NKFM to offer My Choice. . . My Health free to its qualified members. Just show your member ID card at the information session!
  • Select My Choice. . . My Health class locations are supported by community grants and are offered at no cost to qualified participants.


The fees for participants not covered by sponsorships are:

  • $125 due at sign-up. This fee covers the first 5 sessions
  • Each additional session is $25 (weeks 6-16)
  • The cost of the full, year-long program is $550. Participants who pay the full amount at sign-up will be given a 10% discount.


  • Scholarships are provided to participants who aren't covered by sponsorships, and who qualify for financial assistance. View the scholarship application to learn if you qualify.

woman picProgram Goals:

  • Reduce body weight by 7%
  • Increase physical activity to 150 minutes per week

Can I participate?

To qualify for the program individuals must be overweight and at high risk for developing diabetes, or overweight and have been diagnosed by a physician as someone with pre-diabetes.  Take the CDC Prediabetes Test to determine your risk.

Am I at risk?

Your doctor can tell if you are at risk. He/she can determine your 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

In addition, a combination of risk factors such as family history, overweight, and gestational diabetes may also put you at risk. Take the Centers for Disease Control Risk Test


My Choice. . . My Health was extremely beneficial to me. I have tried many programs  but nothing taught me how to make lifestyle changes. The program showed me the connection between  how I was living and my risk of developing  diabetes. Due to the changes I have learned in this class, I can play with my daughter without running out of breath and enjoy exercising! I have lost weight,  am eating much  healthier and lowered my bloodsugar.”        - Suzanne

My Choice. . . My Health by the numbers:

  • Over 500 participants... and counting!
  • 67 trained lifestyle coaches and 3 master coaches
  • 5.3% average participant weight loss
  • Classes provided in over 20 cities state-wide
  • Nearly 90% of participants are vert confident in their ability to be active 150 minutes per week and their ability to eat healthier

For more information on classes and to see if you qualify, contact: 
preventdiabetes@nkfm.org or call 800-482-1455

Generous Program Funders:
Area Agency on Aging - 1B
Chelsea Wellness Foundation
HHS Office on Women’s Health
Michigan Department of Health & Human Services
National Association of Chronic Disease Directors
Oakwood Healthcare
Priority Health

Want to Become a Lifestyle Coach?

Empower adults to change their lives! Lifestyle Coaches deliver the NKFM's National Diabetes Prevention Program, My Choice. . . My Health, 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, Chelsea, Flint, Grand Rapids, Holland, Zeeland, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Muskegon, Oakland and Wayne County.


  • 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


To apply to become a lifestyle coach, please fill out the online interest form. The NKFM has established policies and procedures to ensure the quality of its Diabetes Prevention Program. Please read My Choice. . . My Health's 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 My Choice. . . My Health program. If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact the My Choice. . . My Health 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!

Download a printer-friendly version of the latest My Choice. . . My Health newsletter!

Summer 2015 Newsletter

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

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

Take control of rising diabetes-related costs and ensure the health of your employees and consider including My Choice. . . My Health 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 My Choice. . . My Health in your workplace, please contact Sara Larsen, Human Resources Manager, at slarsen@nkfm.org.