The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) is one-year lifestyle change program open to UCSB staff and faculty based on research led by the National Institute of Health. DPP is designed for non-diabetic individuals ages 18 and older who have prediabetes or are at risk for developing Type 2 Diabetes. The program utilizes a CDC-approved curriculum, trained lifestyle coaches, and group support over the course of a year. UCSB DPP provides the education, encouragement, and tools necessary to help individuals reach their health goals.

The program includes:

  • One hour sessions led by a trained lifestyle coach—held weekly for the first three months, bi-weekly the following three months, and monthly for the last six months
  • Helpful information on nutrition, ways to increase physical activity, stress management techniques, and ideas to stay motivated
  • Group discussions and problem solving strategies for overcoming common challenges to lifestyle change
  • Free program sessions that begin in January 2020

Eligibility to Participate

Eligibility requirements include:

  • >18 years of age
  • BMI >25; or Asian individuals BMI >23

And one or more of the following:

  • A prediabetes assessment score > or = to 5 according to the Risk Test 
  • Blood test with prediabetes diagnosis
  • Past diagnosis of gestational diabetes



For more information about DPP, or to enroll in an upcoming class, contact or call (805) 893-4060.