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Diabetes Prevention Program

Florida Department of Health - Hillsborough County

The National Diabetes Prevention and Lifestyle Change Program (NDPP), which is based on research lead by the National Institutes of Health and supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC), helps prevent by type 2 diabetes by 58% when participants lose 5% to 7 % of their body weight (10 to 14 pounds for a 200-pound person).

To qualify for the program, a person must be overweight and at risk of developing diabetes. Many factors increase your risk for pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes:

  • Being 45 years of age or older.
  • Having a family member with diabetes.
  • Having a family background of African-American, Hispanic/Latino, American-Indian, Asian-American, or Pacific-Islander.
  • Having had diabetes while being pregnant (gestational diabetes), or having given birth to a baby weighing 9 pounds or more.
  • Being physically active less than three times a week.

NDPP spans one year and participants meet as a group with a trained lifestyle coach for 1 hour once a week for 16 weeks (4 months) and then once a month for 8 months. Participants learn how to make healthy lifestyle changes that can help prevent or delay their development of type 2 diabetes, including choosing healthier foods, losing weight, being more physically active and managing stress. The group setting provides a supportive environment with people who are facing similar challenges. 

*In 2014, the Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County achieved full recognition from the CDC, which means we have demonstrated effectiveness by achieving all of the requirements described in the Diabetes Prevention Recognition Program Standards. We are only the 4th entity in the U.S. to achieve this, the first health department, and we remain the only group in Florida fully recognized.

New classes are starting regularly. If you are interested or would like our brochure or get more information, please call us and ask for the Diabetes Prevention Program at 813-307-8071.

Take the RISK-TEST to see if you are at risk, and learn more about the program.