National Diabetes Prevention Program
Personalized Solutions. Clinical Support. Better Outcomes.
Tailored to the unique needs of people at high risk for diabetes and recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), PreventionLink’s National Diabetes Prevention Program, or NDPP, is a forward-thinking lifestyle change program that focuses on life skills, exercise, nutrition, and health education.
Led by skilled lifestyle coaches, the program arms participants with leading strategies and techniques to live a healthier life in as little as 26 weeks.
Research has shown that this program prevents or delays Type 2 diabetes and lowers the risk of heart attack or stroke.
HOW THE PROGRAM WORKS
The National Diabetes Prevention Program is a 26-week interactive program. Lauded nationally, the program has been proven to cut the risk of Type 2 diabetes by 50% and lower the risk of heart attack and stroke.
PreventionLink’s DPP classes are held in a group setting and address a wide range of participant needs.
Using a research-based curriculum filled with proven strategies, trained lifestyle coaches cover topics such as exercise and physical activity, healthy eating and weight loss, and how to manage stress and stay motivated.
Throughout the program, participants are supported by their primary care provider and lifestyle coach to reach their personal health goals.
Participants may also be assigned to a community health worker who will provide one-on-one support to help them live healthier lives and remove any barriers preventing them from accessing the quality of care they deserve. Additional benefits of the program include, but are not limited to:
- Connections to medication assistance programs that may help lower drug costs
- One-on-one support to better understand and successfully complete the program
- Tips on how to add healthy eating habits and exercise to their everyday routine
- Education and tips to better understand, manage, and prevent heart disease
- An expert review of their medications and a personalized medication schedule created so that they know they are taking their medicines on time and correctly
Who can benefit the most from this program?
Southern Maryland residents interested in learning how to make lifestyle changes to help them take better control of their blood sugar, improve their diet, and reduce their risk for developing diabetes and its complications.
DPP is free to eligible participants.
Program Delivery Methods
Live, interactive sessions are held in-person and through online video links accessible via your computer, tablet, or mobile phone.
Your doctor will determine if you qualify for the program. Participants must:
- be at least 18 years old
- be overweight (your doctor will help decide)
- not pregnant
- Your doctor will also consider results of screenings, such as for HbA1C, oral glucose tolerance, fasting plasma, glucose, etc.
To be eligible, participants must meet the following criteria:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Be overweight (body mass index ≥25; ≥23 if Asian American)
- Not be pregnant
- Have NO previous diagnosis of type 1 or type 2 diabetes
Participants must also meet one of the following criteria:
- Have one of the following blood test results in the prediabetes range within the past year.
- Hemoglobin A1c: 5.7-6.4%
- Fasting plasma glucose: 100-125mg/dl
- Two-hour plasma glucose (after a 75mg glucose load): 140-199mg/dl
- Have a previous clinical diagnosis of gestational diabetes (not applicable for Medicare) or
- Take the Prediabetes Risk Test and receive a positive screening result with a score of 5 or higher (not applicable for Medicare).