Health and Nutrition


National Diabetes Prevention Program

Are you at Risk for Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes?
You are at increased risk for developing prediabetes and type 2 diabetes if you:
• Are 45 years of age or older;
• Are overweight;
• Have a family history of type 2 diabetes;
• Are physically active fewer than three times per week; or
• Ever had diabetes while pregnant which disappeared after the delivery (gestational diabetes) or gave birth to a baby that weighed more than 9 pounds.

If you think you may be at risk, a health care provider can do a blood test to see if you have diabetes or prediabetes.

The UF/IFAS Extension Putnam County NDPP lifestyle change intervention groups meet once a week for 16 weeks, then once a month for 8 months to maintain healthy lifestyle changes (24 meetings within a 1-year period).

UF/IFAS Extension Putnam County NDPP lifestyle coach has the experience and training to help you reach your goals. Your lifestyle coach will help you:
• Learn the facts about healthy eating and physical activity and explain how these behaviors will help reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes
• Set and meet your goals
• Build relationships with 
other participants
• Work as a group to meet challenges
• Understand and respond to your food cues
• Stay motivated
• Solve problems that can get in the way of healthy changes

What is the benefit of being a part of UF/IFAS Extension Putnam County NDPP?
UF/IFAS Extension Putnam County is a part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It is proven to help people with prediabetes prevent or delay development of type 2 diabetes.
As part of the NDPP group, you will work with other participants and a trained lifestyle coach to learn the skills you need to make lasting changes. These changes include losing a modest amount of weight, being more physically active, and managing stress.
Being part of a group provides support from other people who are facing similar challenges and trying to make the same changes you are. Together you can celebrate successes and find ways to overcome obstacles.

Where can I participate in a lifestyle intervention program?
Location: UF/IFAS Extension Putnam County, 111 Yelvington Road, East Palatka, FL 32131

Cost: $50 (please inquire as scholarships may be available). Some insurance plans will cover the cost for NDPP. Check with your insurance provider to see if NDPP is covered.

Interested in more information? Want to enroll?
Contact Wendy Lynch, UF/IFAS Extension Putnam County Family and Consumer Sciences agent: 386-329-0322 or

Does NDPP work?
UF/IFAS Extension Putnam County NDPP can help people with prediabetes cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes in half. The Diabetes Prevention Program research study showed that making modest behavior changes helped participants lose 5 to 7 percent of their body weight — that is 10 to 14 pounds for a person weighing 200 pounds. These lifestyle changes reduced the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58 percent in people with prediabetes.



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