Prevention Program

It is estimated that more than 25 million adults have type 2 diabetes and 79 million adults are at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes in the United States. Even more alarming is the increasing number of teenagers and children being diagnosed with this preventable disease.

The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) was developed to provide individuals at risk for developing diabetes with education targeting healthy eating and exercise. The program focuses on changing behaviors and developing new, healthy habits.

You are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes if you have ever been told you have pre-diabetes, impaired fasting glucose or impaired glucose tolerance. Other risk factors include a BMI greater than 25, high triglycerides, high blood pressure, a family history of diabetes, being a member of a minority group (African American, Native American, Latino or Pacific Islander), giving birth to a baby weighing more than 10 pounds and/or having a history of gestational diabetes (if you are a woman).

Cheyenne Regional Medical Center uses the Diabetes Prevention Program because it helps individuals successfully lower their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by focusing on specific strategies like losing weight and exercising more. Increasing physical activity to 30 minutes a day and losing 5 to 10 percent of your body weight can significantly decrease your risk. Both of these are program goals.

Cost to Participate

$120 for 12 classes Includes:

  • Pedometer
  • CalorieKing book
  • Materials
  • Prizes
  • Snacks
  • Personalized health coaching by our registered dietitian
Program Expectations
  • Attend pre-class appointment
  • Attend all classes for best success
  • Follow the Diabetes Prevention Program model
  • Work to lose 7 percent of body weight
  • Work to exercise for 150 minutes per week
  • Record food intake and minutes of exercise per day
Requirement to Participate
  1. BMI > 25
  2. One or more of the following:
    • Diagnosed pre-diabetes, impaired fasting glucose or impaired glucose tolerance
    • History of gestational diabetes
    • Pregnancy resulting in a baby > 10 pounds
    • High Blood Pressure
      • ≥ 130/85 mmHg or treatment
    • Dyslipidemia
      • Triglycerides > 150 mg/dL
      • LDL > 130 mg/dL
      • HDL < 40 mg/dL men & <50 mg/dl women
  3. Physician referral with medical clearance
  4. Pre-program appointment with diabetes educator
    • 30-minute assessment
    • Obtain medical history
    • Obtain readiness commitment

Why participate in the Diabetes Prevention Program?

The Diabetes Prevention Program is a 12-week course that can help you decrease your risk for developing type 2 diabetes. During the 12 weeks, you will receive personalized health coaching from a dietitian, over 15 hours of instruction and specific strategies to help you succeed. The program has been developed to keep the cost as low as possible. Our goal is to help people to become healthier and have a better quality of life.