The Telehealth National Diabetes Prevention Program is a forward-thinking lifestyle change program that focuses on life skills, exercise, nutrition, and health education to help participants prevent diabetes. It is tailored to the unique needs of people at high risk of developing diabetes and designed for participants who may find attending in-person sessions challenging.
The program arms its participants with leading strategies and techniques to live a healthier life in as little as 26 weeks.
Sessions are held in an online format led by the same trained lifestyle coaches who run PreventionLink’s popular diabetes prevention program, which has been recognized by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. Virtual participants receive the same level of care, attention, and guidance as if they were attending an in-person program—all they need to do is log on and start learning.
HOW THE PROGRAM WORKS
The Telehealth 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.
The 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 glucose, improve their diet, and reduce their risk of developing diabetes and other cardiovascular diseases can benefit most from this program.
Free to eligible participants.
Program Delivery Methods
Live, interactive sessions meet virtually via your computer, tablet, or mobile phone.
We regularly provide participant progress reports to referring providers using our two-way communication system.
Take the next step at controlling or preventing diabetes, get started today. Contact PreventionLink at (301) 883-7220 or complete the participant interest form.
Your doctor will consider these items to decide if you qualify for the program.
Be at least 18 years old
Not be pregnant
Be overweight (your doctor will help decide)
Other test result findings such as HbA1c, Oral Glucose tolerance test, fasting plasma glucose (your doctor will decide).
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).