Diabetes Prevention Program

Reduce Your Risk

What is Diabetes Prevention Program?

The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) is an evidence-based program utilizing a Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) curriculum.  DPP is a yearlong program that is structured to provide healthy lifestyle intervention for those at risk for Type 2 diabetes. DPP participants will be provided a trained lifestyle coach and a support group over the course of the year.

According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), more than 1 in 3 American adults have prediabetes.

  • Do you have a mother, father, sister and/or brother with diabetes?
  • Do you get little to no exercise in a typical day?
  • Are you overweight or obese?
  • If you’re a woman, have you ever been diagnosed with gestational diabetes?
  • Are you 45 years of age or older?
  • Have you ever been diagnosed with high blood pressure?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you may be at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes. The good news is we can help you prevent further progression toward the disease with our Diabetes Prevention Program.

During the first half of the program, you will learn to …

  • Eat healthy without giving up the foods you love
  • Add physical activity to your life, even if you think you don’t have time
  • Deal with stress
  • Cope with changes that can derail your success­­, like choosing healthy foods when eating out
  • Get back on track if you stray from your plan because everyone slips now and then

During the second half of the program, you will …

  • Enhance the skills you’ve learned to maintain your lifestyle changes
  • Review meal and activity tracking, setting goals, staying motivated and overcoming barriers
  • Continue to be supported by your lifestyle coach and small group

Time commitment
Participants meet once weekly for six months (16 sessions); followed by monthly maintenance sessions for the next six months (6 sessions). Participants will engage in a total of 22 sessions.

About Our Program

Let’s Get Started

If you are a resident of, or work in, Greenville County and would like more information about the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), visit CU Healthy Greenville or contact Melissa Bales at 864-365-0635 or healthygreenville@clemson.edu. Even if you do not live or work in Greenville County, you may participate in the program if you have a primary care physician located in the county.

If you are an employee of Prisma Health-Upstate, or covered dependent over the age of 18, contact DPP@prismahealth.org or call 864-522-1440.

If you do not meet the above participation qualifications, take the CDC’s prediabetes risk assessment and share your result with your primary care physician.

If you have already received a diagnosis of type 1 or type 2 diabetes, click here for help managing your condition.

A Community-based Model

Prisma Health, Clemson University Public Health Sciences and Clemson Cooperative Extension have partnered to impact and improve the health of Greenville County. Through Healthy Greenville there are two programs that aim to improve health outcomes. The programs help those who are at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes, or have already been diagnosed.

DPP Eligibility Requirements
  • Participants must be age 18 or older
  • Be overweight (Body Mass Index ≥25; ≥23 if Asian)
  • Have no previous diagnosis of type 1 or type 2 diabetes and
  • Have a blood test result in the prediabetes range within the past year:
    • Hemoglobin A1C: 5.7–6.4% or
    • Fasting plasma glucose: 100–125 mg/dL or
    • Two-hour plasma glucose (after a 75 gm glucose load): 140–199 mg/dL or
  • Have a previous clinical diagnosis of gestational diabetes or
  • Take the Prediabetes Risk Test and receive a screening result of high risk for type 2 diabetes
  • Must be a resident, work, or see primary care provider in Greenville County, or Prisma Health-Upstate employee (or employee dependent)
For Prisma Health Employees

If you are a Prisma Health employee and interested in participating in our Diabetes Prevention Program, view locations and class schedules below. Print and complete the program intake form and send to DPP@prismahealth.org or call 864-522-1440 with any questions.

Prisma Health Class Schedule

Greenville – Diabetes Prevention Program
Simpsonville – Diabetes Prevention Program
Travelers Rest – Diabetes Prevention Program

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