SDPI Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP)sdpi

Diabetes is a serious problem for American Indians and Alaskan Natives (AI/AN). Research shows that you can decrease your risk of getting diabetes through modest lifestyle changes such as increased physical activity and a little weight loss. The Healthy Traditions Department offers the Diabetes Prevention Program for individuals who qualify.

Participants in the DPP project learn how to make changes in lifestyle behaviors such as increased physical activity and healthier food choices (lower fat and fewer calories). The DPP Classes are presented in a group setting with a proven curriculum of 16 sessions.

Individual coaching and support:

The DPP Staff meets one-on-one with participants once a month to discuss how things are going and to help participants individualize their program to meet their personal needs. After graduating from the DPP Curriculum, participants are encouraged to participate in monthly After-core activities to continue making lifestyle balance changes.


  • Must be American Indian/Alaskan Native
  • 18 years or older
  • Have a diagnosis of Prediabetes or blood sugar results within the prediabetes range
  • Be willing to complete the 16 sessions of the DPP Curriculum, within 16-24 weeks
"This program is a way to be healthier and to help our people take back control of their own health" -- DPP Participant "We're doing this program because we want people to realize that there is hope and that this chronic disease doesn't have to be all consuming. That to prevent diabetes means a few simple changes for people and their families and they are realizing they can make these moderate changes with a little education and support." - DPP Staff blank