IL Pathways to Health Classes

Diabetes Prevention Program

The Diabetes Prevention Program is for people who want to avoid type 2 diabetes. It uses a curriculum developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and cuts your risk of developing type 2 diabetes in half. The program helps you make lasting changes, such as eating healthier, adding physical activity into your daily routine, and reducing stress.

About the class

Key components include:

  • CDC-approved curriculum with lessons, handouts, and other resources to help you make healthy changes.
  • A trained lifestyle coach that will help you learn new skills, encourage you to set and meet goals, and keep you motivated.
  • Group discussions that are fun and engaging.
  • A support group of people with similar goals and challenges. People can share ideas, celebrate successes, and work to overcome obstacles. 

Duration of the program:

  • The program runs for one year.
  • During the first 6 months, sessions meet about once a week.
  • During the second 6 months, sessions meet once or twice per month.

Classes are designed to help you learn to:

  • Eat healthy without giving up all the foods you love
  • Add physical activity to your life, even if you don’t think you have time
  • Deal with stress
  • Cope with challenges that can derail your hard work
  • Get back on track if you stray from your plan
  • Enhance the skills you’ve learned so you can maintain the changes you have made

Benefits of the class

Research shows that CDC-recognized lifestyle change program participants who lost 5-7% of their body weight and added 150 minutes of exercise per week cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by up to 58% (71% for people over 60 years old).

Even a decade later, program participants were one-third less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than individuals who did not join a program.

  • Cut your risk of developing type 2 diabetes
  • Lower your risk of having a heart attack or stroke
  • Improve your health
  • Help you feel more energetic
  • Reverse prediabetes diagnosis

Who should take the class

To participate you need to meet ALL of the following requirements:

  • Be 18 years or older
  • Have a BMI of 25 or higher (23 or higher if you are Asian American)
  • Not be previously diagnosed with type 1 or type 2 diabetes
  • Not be pregnant

You also need to meet 1 of these requirements:

  • Had a blood test result in the prediabetes range within the past year:
    • Hemoglobin A1C: 5.7–6.4%.
    • Fasting plasma glucose: 110–125 mg/dL.
    • 2-hour plasma glucose (after a 75 g glucose load): 140–199 mg/dL.
  • Be previously diagnosed with gestational diabetes 
  • Received a high-risk result (score of 5 or higher) on the Prediabetes Risk Test

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