Halting the Progression to Diabetes

The CDC reports that approximately 88 million American adults—more than 1 in 3—have prediabetes.  Of those with prediabetes, more than 84% don’t know they have it. Those with prediabetes are at an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetesheart disease, and stroke.

The good news is that the CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program can help those with prediabetes make lifestyle changes to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes and other serious health problems.


healthy-eating_exercise.jpgWhat is the National Diabetes Prevention Program?

The National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) is a partnership of public and private organizations working together to build a nationwide delivery system for a lifestyle change program proven to prevent or delay onset of type 2 diabetes in adults with prediabetes.

Four Key Pillars

The National DPP provides a framework for type 2 diabetes prevention efforts in the U.S. founded on four key pillars:
  1. A trained workforce of lifestyle coaches
  2. National quality standards supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Diabetes Prevention Recognition Program
  3. A network of program delivery organizations sustained through coverage
  4. Participant uptake and referral

These pillars link closely to the CDC's strategic goals for the National DPP: increase the supply of quality programs; increase demand for the program among people at risk; increase referrals from healthcare providers; and increase coverage among public and private payers.

CDC-Recognized National DPPs in PA

Visit the National DPP page on the CDC website to find a program near you.  Simply enter your zip code and it will generate a list of available programs offered in your area.  Please contact the organization for the most up-to-date class locations and information.

If you are interested in getting a Diabetes Prevention Program recognized, please follow this link for the standards and documentation needed.  You can also email Ashley Biscardi for assistance or call 1.800.642.8686, Ext. 137.


The Screen Test Refer Procedure has been developed to help guide health care systems and community based organizations as they work to increase referrals to the National DPP.  Download the Screen Test Refer: Procedure for Increasing National DPP Referrals to review this process.