Programs > National Diabetes Prevention Program

The National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) is a CDC-recognized lifestyle-change program that is proven to help prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. Research led by the National Institutes of Health has shown that structured lifestyle interventions can cut the risk of type 2 diabetes in half. These interventions included loss of 5 to 7% of their body weight through healthier eating and 150 minutes of physical activity each week.


  • Small group workshop
  • 1 session per week for 16 weeks; 1 session per month for 6 months


  • Community settings such as churches, hospitals, senior centers and worksites


  • People who have or are at risk for having prediabetes

Topics and Skills Covered

During the first half of the program, these topics will be covered:

  • 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—like how to choose healthy food when eating out
  • Get back on track if you stray from your plan—because everyone slips now and then

During the second half of the program, these topics will be covered:

  • Tracking your food and physical activity
  • Setting goals
  • Staying motivated
  • Overcoming barriers