Diabetes Prevention Workshop


If your doctor has told you you’re at risk of diabetes—or if you have certain risk factors like high blood pressure or being overweight—you’re not alone.

About 1 in every 3 American adults have high blood pressure. More than 2 in 3 are considered overweight or obese. And more than 1 in 3 have a condition called prediabetes. This means their blood sugar levels are too high, but not yet high enough for a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes.

But knowing you’re at risk is good. It gives you a chance to take control of your health and take steps to help prevent diabetes and other serious health problems like heart disease and Dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. There’s a lot you can do to lower your risk. And we can help.


The Diabetes Prevention Workshop (also known as Prevent T2) is a proven program to help you make small lifestyle changes. You can cut your risk of type 2 diabetes by more than half. It is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

This workshop lasts for one year. There are 16 weekly core sessions, plus monthly maintenance sessions. Each session is 1 hour long.

Your trained lifestyle coach and fellow participants will guide and support you to:

  • Solve problems and create plans for action and change
  • Make healthier eating choices
  • Get more physical activity into your daily life
  • Reduce stress and stay motivated
  • Understand and respond to your food cues
  • Stay on track when eating out
  • Be an active partner in working with you to better your health

Our workshops are free of cost for all participants. That’s because we’re committed to making sure all Vermonters have access to expert advice and proven strategies to take control of their health.


If you:

  • Have been diagnosed with prediabetes
  • Score 5 or higher on the Prediabetes Screening Test
  • Are overweight or obese
  • Don’t get enough exercise
  • Have high blood pressure or abnormal cholesterol
  • Have a parent or sibling who has diabetes
  • Support a friend or loved one who needs help with these issues


Oct 18
Diabetes Prevention

Online Prevent T2 – Diabetes Prevention @ Hosted by University of Vermont Medical Center in partnership with Springfield Medical Cares System/Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center and SASH, Available statewide

  • Oct. 18, 2021 
  • to Sep. 26, 2022
  •  on Mondays 
  • 02:00 pm 
  • - 03:00 pm
Oct 20
Diabetes Prevention

Online Prevent T2 – Diabetes Prevention @ Hosted by Gifford Medical Center, Available Statewide

  • Oct. 20, 2021 
  • to Jul. 13, 2022
  •  on Wednesdays 
  • 11:00 am 
  • - 12:00 pm
Oct 21
Diabetes Prevention

Online Prevent T2 – Diabetes Prevention @ Hosted by Gifford Medical Center, Available Statewide

  • Oct. 21, 2021 
  • to Jul. 21, 2022
  •  on Thursdays 
  • 06:00 pm 
  • - 07:00 pm


About 9 in 10 people with prediabetes don’t know they have it.

decorative element - large group of people graphic

Source: Adapted from Preventing Type 2 Diabetes Guide for Providers

About 1 in 3 people with prediabetes will progress to diabetes within FIVE years.

decorative element - group of humans graphic

Source: 2017 Diabetes Report Card, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

Nationally, people who’ve completed this workshop cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58%.

decorative element - bar chart

Source: Adapted from Preventing Type 2 Diabetes Guide for Providers

The Diabetes Prevention Program—valued at $429 in other states—is free for ALL Vermonters.

decorative element - zero dollars

UVM Health Network, HealthSource Blog Article, Medicare to Pay for Diabetes Prevention Program, 2016

Vermonters who completed the Diabetes Prevention Program were more likely to reduce their weight by 5% than those who did not complete.

decorative element - scale graphic

Source: 1305 Year 4 Evaluation Results, Vermont Department of Health

“Meeting other people who are going through the same thing and the encouragement I have received from them to keep going—not only in the program but in my journey as well.”

– Janet

Vermont’s Diabetes Prevention Program is a CDC-recognized National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) lifestyle change program. The program is supported by the Innovative State and Local Public Health Strategies to Prevent and Manage Diabetes, Heart Disease, and Stroke 5-year cooperative agreement.

Start the sign-up process

Or view all upcoming free workshops