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Diabetes Prevention Program

Learn more about the CDC Diabetes Prevention Program offered at UC San Diego.


The UC Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) is a one-year lifestyle change program based on research led by the National Institute of Health and is open to all UC San Diego faculty and staff, their family members, and the community. DPP is designed for individuals 18 years and older who have pre-diabetes or are at risk for type 2 diabetes.

This program provides lifestyle education, encouragement, and the tools necessary to help you reach your health goals. This is a proven CDC program that cuts the risk of type 2 diabetes in half. The program is made successful due to the collaboration of the Recreation Department, Housing Dining and Hospitality, Human Resources, and volunteers within the UCSD community, and is free of charge.

The program includes:

  • 22 one-hour hybrid group sessions led by trained lifestyle coaches.
    • Weekly meetings for the first 12 weeks, then every two weeks, then monthly 
  • Information on nutrition, ways to increase physical activity, stress management techniques, and diabetes prevention education.
  • Group discussions and problem-solving strategies for overcoming common challenges to lifestyle change. 
Upcoming DPP cohorts (virtual): 
May TBD, Mondays 1-2PM through UCLA (contact Español)
6/3/24, Mondays 5:30-6:30PM through UCI (contact
7/16/24, Tuesdays 1-2PM through UCLA (
For more information or if you have additional questions, please contact
Additional resources: UC Diabetes Prevention Program FAQs


Interested in becoming a DPP coach?

DPP Lifestyle Coach Training - hosted by UC DPP Coordinating Center

Time/Dates: TBD (Spring 2024)
Location: Virtual via Zoom
Cost: Free

The FREE 16 hour training will certify individuals as DPP Lifestyle Coaches who can then facilitate DPP cohorts and support and encourage participants in the one-year lifestyle change program. You must be able to attend the entire training in order to receive the certification.

For more information about the program or to sign up to become a lifestyle coach, call or email: 310.794.6181,