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What is the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP)?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) created the National DPP to reduce the growing problem of type 2 diabetes in the U.S. An estimated 86 million adults in the U.S. (1 in 3) have prediabetes, and 9 in 10 of them, or 90%, do not know they have it. Prediabetes is a condition where your blood glucose (sugar) levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be considered type 2 diabetes. Without lifestyle changes (losing weight, being more active), 15% to 30% of people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within 5 years. A key part of the National DPP is a structured lifestyle change program recognized by the CDC that focuses on lowering your risk of type 2 diabetes through weight loss, healthy eating, and physical activity. Trained lifestyle coaches guide participants through a year-long program that consists of 16 weekly sessions during the first 6 months, then 6 monthly sessions during the second 6 months of the program. Participants learn how to live a longer and healthier life by eating healthier, being more active, setting goals, overcoming barriers, reducing stress, and staying motivated. Research has shown that people with prediabetes who complete a CDC-recognized lifestyle change program lose 5% to 7% of their body weight and cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58% or more, and these results persisted at 10 years follow-up.

NDPP Locations in Alaska:

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What is a Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) Program?

DSME is a program where people with diabetes obtain knowledge and life skills needed to change their behavior in a group setting. This program helps diabetics self-manage their disease and any other related conditions.  The purpose of this program is improve the well-being of the person taking the program and provide them with a higher quality of life through informed decision-making about diabetes, improved self-care behavior, and have the skills necessary to problem-solve and actively collaborate with their health care team.

What types of DSME Programs are available in Alaska?

Alaska has three different types of DSME Programs.
1.  Stanford Curriculum

  • UAF Cooperative Extension - Health, Home and Family Development
    • TBA

2.  Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP) Curriculum 

3.  American Indian/Alaska Native-specific DSME Curriculum,
     Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI)

Where can I find Diabetes Self-Management Education and/or Prevention Programs in Alaska
Diabetes Management and Prevention Programs in Alaska




Copper Center



Fort Yukon






King Cove

  • Eastern Aleutian Islands Association - Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI)
    Contact: Douglas Finney
    Phone: 907-497-4053





  • Metlakatla Indian Community - Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI)
    Contact: Judy Leisholm
    Phone: 907-886-7946



Prince of Wales

Saint Paul





Where can I find more information about specific DSME Programs in Alaska?