National Diabetes Prevention Program

Older man discussing diabetes with other participants in class

Are You at Risk for Type 2 Diabetes?

In the US it is estimated that 37 million people have diabetes and 96 million people have prediabetes.  One in three Americans has prediabetes!

Could you have prediabetes?  Learn more here.

If you have prediabetes, the National Diabetes Prevention program can help you lower your risk of getting type 2 diabetes.

How does the program work?

The National Diabetes Prevention Program is based on the success of the National Institutes of Health-led Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP). Research has demonstrated that the risk for transitioning from prediabetes to type 2 diabetes can be reduced by 58% via a lifestyle program of healthy eating, regular physical activity and modest weight loss.

During the program participants work with a lifestyle coach and others with prediabetes to improve their health.  Participants track their food intake and their physical activity, as well as participate in group discussions on how to overcome barriers to making healthy lifestyle choices.

The program offers one full year of support!  Participants meet weekly in one-hour sessions for 16 weeks followed by meetings twice a month for the remainder of the year.

The two primary goals of the program are:

  • A weight loss of 4-7% of starting body weight
  • Working up to 150 minutes a week of physical activity

Winter 2024 Schedule

Virtual Program Start Date

  • Tuesday, February 6 at 5 PM

In-person Program Start Date

  • Thursday, February 29 at 12 PM

Who is eligible to participate in this program?

  • Be 18 years or older, have a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or higher (23 or higher if of Asian descent).

  • Have been diagnosed with prediabetes.

  • Or have a history of gestational diabetes.

  • Or have been told by a doctor that you are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

Calculate your BMI


The one-year program cost is $499. Both Medicare and Medicaid (Oregon Health Plan/OHP) cover 100% of the cost of National Diabetes Prevention Program.  Some commercial and employer-based health plans also cover the program.  If you have commercial or employer-based medical insurance, please check with your specific plan for details on coverage.

What do people say about the OHSU National DPP?

“The Diabetes Prevention Program was a real eye-opener for me. I thought I was eating fairly healthy and learned where my knowledge gaps were and how to improve my diet by being better educated and mindful. The group support is powerful and kept me going during the times life got super busy. I lost 13 pounds and feel great! I am continuing to track my food intake and monitor my activity levels and know it is keeping the extra weight off. I no longer snore so loudly at night (per my husband), I sleep better, and have more energy. I am looking forward to seeing my doctor in the Fall to see how my cholesterol has dropped. Thank you for offering and supporting this impactful program!”

“My doctor sent me to the diabetes prevention program in October because my A1C was hovering around 6.3. I am 5’4” and weighed 206 lbs. I saw immediate results from the beginning of the program. Just tracking what I ate made a huge difference. By February, my A1C was down to 5.7, and I was losing weight steadily. It is now July. I am curious to see what my current A1C is. In the meantime, my most recent checkup yielded a weight of 172.5 lbs. I’m pretty impressed with myself —and the program. It feels like I have actually done very little, yet those little tweaks taught in these classes are obviously making a huge difference. I am very grateful to our instructor, and the other members of the class who keep it fun and interesting.  I am also grateful to my doctor for sending me. I have dealt with family members with diabetes for most of my life. I do not want to face it myself. I strongly recommend this program to anyone who seriously wants to protect their health and continue living a normal, diabetes-free life.”

Participate or learn more

Contact Ashley Lopez to learn more or sign up for an upcoming free information session.

Ashley Lopez