Diabetes Prevention Program

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MCMH logoMy 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.

Find Out More . . . 

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 let you know of the dates and times of upcoming classes.
*In order to meet minimum class sizes, class start dates may need to be rescheduled.

Location: Information Session and First Class: Fees:

Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital
West Bloomfield, MI

First class begins: 2/25/15, 6:00-7:00 pm

I, P, S

Manchester Village Offices
Manchester, MI

Information Session 2/25/15
First class begins: 03/4/15, 5:30-6:30 pm


Genesse Health Plan
Flint, MI

Information Session 3/10/15
First class begins: 3/17/15, 3:30-4:30 pm


United Way of Jackson County
Jackson, MI

Information Session 3/10/15
First class begins: 3/17/15, 3:30-4:30 pm

I, P, S

Beaumont Medical Center
Lake Orion, MI

Information Session 3/17/15
First class begins: 4/14/15, 5:30-6:30 pm

I, P, S

Davita Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids, MI

Information Sessions 3/20/15
First class begins: 3/27/15, 11:00 am-12:00 pm

I, P, S

Davita Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids, MI

Information session 3/24/15
First class begins: 3/31/15, 6:00-7:00 pm

I, P, S

Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church
Westland, MI

Information Session 4/13/15
First class begins: 4/20/15, 5:30-6:30 pm

I, F

  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.

PH logoPayment Options:

Insurance (I): This program is free to Priority Health members. Just show your member ID card! 

Self-Pay (P): There is an up-front fee plus an additional fee per class. We ask you to commit to at least the first 5 sessions. For questions about your payment options, please attend an info session or email preventdiabetes@nkfm.org.

Scholarships (S): Scholarships are available to qualifying participants. Download and fill out a scholarship application or call the NKFM at 800-482-1455 to be sent one.

Free to Qualified Participants (F): Fully funded by grants or community organizations.

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


“DPP 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

Here are just a few of the results we've received in the My Choice. . . My Health classes:

  • 355 participants
  • 4,209 pounds lost
  • 5.5% average participant weight loss
  • 167 average minutes of physical activity per week
  • 13 of 16 sessions average attendance

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 Community Health
National Association of Chronic Disease Directors
Oakwood Healthcare
Priority Health
St. Mary Mercy Livonia

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.

The My Choice. . . My Health program consists of 16 one-hour weekly sessions, followed by 6 one-hour monthly sessions. Lifestyle coaches receive free training and certification to implement the program and do not need to be health care professionals. A per session stipend is provided to facilitators.


  • 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 application form or download the application form document To send the downloaded application, please mail it to the NKFM address listed on the document, or scan and email the application to hr@nkfm.org.

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.

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!

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