Juniper Classes

Diabetes Prevention Program

Designed for people with pre-diabetes who wish to prevent developing type 2 diabetes, the Diabetes Prevention Program is a community-based, lifestyle change program that can cut the risk of diabetes in half.

About the class

A trained lifestyle coach will lead each class, covering topics on how to make positive choices for our health. You will learn how to:

  • Lose body weight
  • Increase physical activity
  • Eat healthier
  • Use practical strategies for staying motivated
  • Manage stress, solve problems and avoid negative thoughts

You'll be supported in the class by other participants, on similar journeys. Group discussions will help you develop goals and problem-solve together.

Diabetes Prevention Program is an evidence-based program developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“The class taught me how to eat and have a healthy lifestyle. To anyone considering the program, just do it. It changes everything.”
— Phyllis Wikstrom, Diabetes Prevention Program participant

Benefits of the class

  • Learn to manage your health in a way that can lower your risk for type 2 diabetes
  • Learn how to get and stay motivated
  • Support from other participants and a trained lifestyle coach
  • Become more involved in your community and with your neighbors

Who should take the class

This class is for people who are motivated to lose weight and live a healthier life. It requires a significant commitment in time but the results could make a major difference in your quality of life.

People with prediabetes and who meet these requirements:

  • Be 18 years or older.
  • Have a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or higher (23 or higher if Asian American).
  • Not be previously diagnosed with type 1 or type 2 diabetes.
  • Not be pregnant at the time of enrollment.
  • No end-stage renal disease (ESRD).
  • Never participated in Medicare DPP previously.

Meet one of these requirements:

  1. Received a high-risk result (score of 5 or higher) on the Prediabetes Risk Test.
  2. Had a blood test result in the prediabetes range within 12 months of the first session (includes any of these tests and results):
    • Hemoglobin A1C: 5.7–6.4%.
    • Fasting plasma glucose: 100–125 mg/dL.
    • Two-hour plasma glucose (after a 75 g glucose load): 140–199 mg/dL.
  3. Be previously diagnosed with gestational diabetes (allowed for CDC recognition and may be self-reported; not allowed for Medicare DPP participants).

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