The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) is a 1-year lifestyle change program that follows the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Diabetes Prevention Program.  DPP is designed for non-diabetic individuals who have prediabetes or are at risk for Type 2 Diabetes.  The program provides education and the tools necessary to help individuals reach their health goals.  All 10 University of California campuses have a UC Diabetes Prevention Program (UC DPP) and the program is offered at no cost to faculty and staff.

Here is how it works:

DPP Participants meet for one-hour sessions in small cohorts of 10-20 participants who are at-risk for diabetes.  Led by trained lifestyle coaches, these sessions help participants learn to meet their health goals through education, encouragement, and tools such as stress management techniques, tips for increasing physical activity, peer support, and nutrition information.  Participants track their progress throughout the year, participating in weigh-ins and measuring their time spent exercising.  The Program's goal is for participants to lose 5-7% of their overall body weight while exercising at least 150 minutes (30-minutes a day) each week.

DPP eligibility:

The goal of the UC-wide DPP is to combat the growing epidemic of Type 2 Diabetes and to prevent those who have prediabetes from developing Type 2 Diabetes.

To be eligible for the DPP, participants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have a BMI (Body Mass Index) of 25 or greater, or if applicable 23 or greater
  • And demonstrate one of the following:
    • Blood test with a prediabetes diagnosis in the last year
    • Past diagnosis of gestational diabetes
    • A CDC Risk Test score of 5 or greater

For information contact:

Jessica Bulleri
Campus Wellness Coordinator
Office of Risk Services