DPP Patient Resources
DPPs are currently held virtually (distance-learning) during the COVID-19 public health emergency. When possible, in-person locations will also be offered.
What is the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP)?
The DPP is an evidence-based yearlong program for people who have prediabetes and are overweight or obese. This lifestyle change program helps participants to achieve a healthier lifestyle through diet, increased physical activity and weight loss. The DPP is based on decades of research, including research done here at Johns Hopkins.
Prediabetes is a condition where blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough yet to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes. Prediabetes increases your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. If you have prediabetes, weight loss and regular physical activity can lower your risk for developing type 2 diabetes. The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) is a lifestyle change program that can help you make these changes and stick with them.
As part of a group of ~15 people, you will work with a CDC-trained Lifestyle Coach and other participants to learn the skills you need to make lasting lifestyle changes. You will learn how to eat healthy and add physical activity to your life, how stress impacts eating behavior, and how to stay motivated and solve problems that can get in the way of making healthy changes.
- The program lasts one year, starting with 16 weekly sessions and then transitioning to every-other-week sessions.
- It focuses on helping you achieve healthier nutrition based on your current diet, physical activity for at least 150 minutes per week and at least 5% weight loss over 12 months.
- Each session focuses on a specific topic, including physical activity, healthy nutrition, self-monitoring, and changing behaviors.
- The program helps people to set goals, including losing >5%-7% of their body weight and increasing physical activity to 150 minutes per week.
- It is a yearlong program that meets for one hour each time for a total of 33 sessions. There are weekly sessions for the first 6 months, and then sessions every other week for the last 6 months.
- All sessions are led by a CDC-trained Lifestyle Coach.
- We offer both in-person and virtual (via Zoom) DPPs. The program staff will help you identify which program is the right fit for you.
- Other programs are also available across Maryland and online. Please go to the Maryland Department of Health website for more information on available programs: https://dprp.cdc.gov/Registry
Medicare and Medicaid in Maryland cover the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP). Johns Hopkins Employer Health Programs (EHP) also cover the DPP, but there may be out-of-pocket costs depending on your plan; contact your EHP administrator to confirm. Other insurances (USFHP, Care First) do not currently cover Hopkins DPP; please contact your insurance plan if you have questions about DPP coverage.