Diabetes Prevention Program

Prediabetes means your blood glucose (sugar) is higher than normal, but not yet diabetes.  Diabetes is a serious disease that can cause heart attack, stroke, blindness, kidney failure, or loss of feet and legs. Type 2 diabetes can be prevented in people with prediabetes, or who are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, through effective lifestyle programs. Read more about diabetes prevention in New Connections to Better Health.

Find a Diabetes Prevention Program workshop here!


The Diabetes Prevention Program is a high-level, evidence-based behavior-change course introduced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for people who have prediabetes or are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.  The year-long course, led by trained lifestyle coaches, consists of 16 one-hour core classes held over a 6-month period and six one-hour post-core classes held over a six-month period that include topics such as eating healthy, increasing physical activity, and losing weight.  

Classes are highly participative.  Mutual support and success build participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their health condition and maintain active and fulfilling lives. The program is facilitated by trained lifestyle coaches in a classroom style, but most of the learning comes from sharing and helping others with similar challenges.

Who should consider taking the Diabetes Prevention Program?

You are eligible to participate in this program if:


  • You are 18 years of age or older
  • You are overweight (BMI >24, or >22 if you are Asian American)

 AND, one of the below:

  • You have received a medical diagnosis of prediabetes within the past 12 months
  • You have a history of gestational diabetes or given birth to a baby weighing 9 pounds or more
  • You score 9 or more points on the Prediabetes Quiz

For more information, contact:

Pam Geis

(262) 573-3983

Chronic Disease Prevention Unit

State of Wisconsin, Division of Public Health