Lifestyle Change Program Details

You’re thinking about making healthy changes to prevent type 2 diabetes. A CDC-recognized diabetes prevention lifestyle change program can help you build healthy new habits that last a lifetime. When you join a lifestyle change program, you’ll learn, laugh, share stories, try new things, and build new habits—all while lowering your risk of type 2 diabetes and improving your health.

Hear what others have to say about CDC-recognized lifestyle change programs on the Testimonials from Participants page, or watch “A Change for Life” and “Sneak Peek Into the Lifestyle Change Program” to learn details about the CDC-recognized lifestyle change program. You can also find a program location near you if you’re ready to get started.

Medicare can help you prevent type 2 diabetes

Key components of the program include:

  • CDC-approved curriculum with lessons, handouts, and other resources to help you make healthy changes.
  • A lifestyle coach, specially trained to lead the program, to help you learn new skills, encourage you to set and meet goals, and keep you motivated. The coach will also facilitate discussions and help make the program fun and engaging.
  • A support group of people with similar goals and challenges. Together, you can share ideas, celebrate successes, and work to overcome obstacles. In some programs, the participants stay in touch with each other during the week. It may be easier to make changes when you’re working as a group than doing it on your own.

If you’re 65 or older, you can join the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program—part of CDC’s National Diabetes Prevention Program—and take steps to lower your risk for type 2 diabetes by more than 70%. And if you have Medicare Part B, it’s free!