Diabetes Prevention Program

To be eligible for the 2024-25 LRFM Lifestyle change program, you’ll need to meet ALL 4 of these requirements:

  1. Be a woman 18 years or older.
  2. Have a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or higher (23 or higher if Asian American).
  3. Not be previously diagnosed with type 1 or type 2 diabetes.
  4. Not be pregnant.

You’ll also need to meet 1 of these requirements:

  1. Had a blood test result in the prediabetes range within the past year (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.
  2. Be previously diagnosed with gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy).
  3. Received a high-risk result (score of 5 or higher) on the Prediabetes Risk Test.

Key components of the program include:

  • CDC-approved curriculum with lessons, handouts, and other resources to help you make healthy changes.
  • A lifestyle coach, specially trained to lead the program, to help you learn new skills, encourage you to set and meet goals, and keep you motivated. The coach will also facilitate discussions and help make the program fun and engaging.
  • A support group of people with similar goals and challenges. Together, you can share ideas, celebrate successes, and work to overcome obstacles. In some programs, the participants stay in touch with each other during the week. It may be easier to make changes when you’re working as a group than doing it on your own.

Time Commitment

The program runs for 1 year.

  • During the first 6 months of the program, you will meet about once a week for an hour on Zoom.
  • During the second 6 months, you’ll meet once or twice a month virtually.

You may think you learned enough in the first 6 months and can skip the second half of the program. But you’d be cheating yourself!

Making lifestyle changes is an ongoing process. Staying in the program for the full year is essential to help you stick to new habits and avoid slipping back into old habits. And if you have not reached your goals in the first half of the program, your lifestyle coach and other group members can help you succeed.

What You Will Learn

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

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

In the second half of the program, you will enhance the skills you’ve learned so you can maintain the changes you’ve made. These sessions will review key ideas such as tracking your food and physical activity, setting goals, staying motivated, and overcoming barriers. The lifestyle coach and small group will continue to support you. You may learn some new information, too. Check out a list of all the topics covered in the program.

Dr. Jill Shaw will be your Lifestyle Coach for all sessions, which will be Sundays from 7-8 pm PST on Zoom.

For the 2024-25 pilot program, there is no cost other than your individual copay/coinsurance if you elect to schedule an individual 30 minute telemedicine visit with Dr. Shaw at any point during the year.

You will need internet access, a printer for the weekly handouts, and the ability to participate via the secure Zoom link.

When does the program start? Start date has been postponed to Sunday, May 12th

Registragion is closed. Please contact our office to join the waiting list.