Diabetes Prevention Program

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Diabetes Prevention Program 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 and being physically active for 150 minutes per week.



What is the Diabetes Prevention Program?

The Diabetes Prevention Center’s Diabetes Prevention Program is a part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Diabetes Prevention Program. This lifestyle change program helps people with prediabetes eat healthier, become more physically active, and lose weight with the goal to delay or even prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes.

Based on research funded by the National Institutes of Health and the CDC, 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.


What is prediabetes?

Prediabetes is a condition where people have higher than normal blood glucose levels, but not yet high enough to be diagnosed with diabetes. People with prediabetes are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes. In Michigan, it is estimated over 2.6 million adults have prediabetes.

Know your risk

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 this quick 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.

Do I have to pay to participate?

The Diabetes Prevention Center has various funders and insurers covering the Diabetes Prevention Program. For more information about payment, attend a local Diabetes Prevention Program information session, email [email protected] or call 800-482-1455. 

Who is the Diabetes Prevention Center?

The Diabetes Prevention Center is a division of the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan (NKFM), a premier provider of the Diabetes Prevention Program and other evidence-based programs in 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.


Thank you to our generous program supporters:

  • Area Agency on Aging - 1B
  • Beaumont Health
  • 5 Healthy Towns
  • Genesee Health Plan
  • Grand Rapids Community Foundation
  • Local Initiatives Support Corporation
  • Michigan Department of Health & Human Services
  • Priority Health
  • St. Joseph Mercy Health System
  • Spectrum Health Healthier Communities
  • University of Michigan


"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

Become a Lifestyle Coach

Empower adults to change their lives! Lifestyle Coaches deliver the Diabetes Prevention Center'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.


  • 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 [email protected].

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 [email protected].