Last Updated: January 15, 2020
Author: Diabetes Program, Vermont Department of Health
Approximately one in three Vermonters are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes (have prediabetes). Ninety percent of those with prediabetes do not know that they have this manageable condition. Risks include being age 45 years or older, overweight, having a family history of type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, physical inactivity, diabetes during pregnancy, or giving birth to a baby greater than nine pounds. The National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) is an evidence-based workshop that has proven results in preventing or delaying the onset of diabetes. It is offered in all of Vermont's 14 geographic health service areas, at no charge to participants. The initial phase of the program involves weekly, hour-long meetings for 16 weeks followed by a maintenance phase of monthly hour-long meetings for eight months. Participants focus on improving eating and physical activity behaviors during the group meetings at which facilitators monitor body weight and behavior logs (journals). Because prediabetes is prevalent statewide, organizations supporting the DPP believe that Vermonters need widespread access to this program on a regular basis. The performance measure's target is to have the 16-week portion of the program operating in at least 13 of the 14 health service areas (representing 93 percent of the state's service areas) each quarter. Each health service area works hard to schedule these classes and recruit people to attend. As the data show, the number of classes varies widely each quarter. This could be due to the length of the class cycle, time of year when new classes are started, impact of the time of year on class enrollment, etc. Department of Health staff work closely with the Blueprint for Health and community partners to promote these classes taking place in communities across Vermont.