Diabetes Prevention Program

University of California, Santa Cruz is proud to have received Preliminary Recognition from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the success of the UCSC Diabetes Prevention Program

Our next cohort starts July 13, 2021 and will take place on Tuesdays at 5:15 p.m. Join us for a live information session on Monday, June 21st, at 5:15 p.m.  

To apply, fill out this intake form and send it to Jessica Bulleri, Wellness Coordinator, at jbulleri@ucsc.edu through Filelocker.

Did you know that one in three Americans has a condition called prediabetes—and 90% of them don’t know it?

Prediabetes is a health condition that not only puts you at risk for type 2 diabetes, it also puts you at risk of heart disease, stroke and Alzheimer’s disease. Several health factors can increase your risk of developing prediabetes or type 2 diabetes, such as weight, inactivity, a history of gestational diabetes, or a family history of type 2 diabetes.

UC Health has developed a new program called the University of California Diabetes Prevention Program (UC DPP) to help people with prediabetes and those who are at risk for type 2 diabetes decrease their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. This program is a free on-campus resource for UC faculty, staff and their families.

Enroll in the UC Diabetes Prevention Program

The UC Diabetes Prevention Program is a campus-based, small-group program that uses a scientifically based approach developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help you make important lifestyle changes. Trained lifestyle coaches lead 22 one-hour sessions over the course of a year in which you’ll learn healthy habits that stick, including how to lose up to 5% to 7% of your weightand keep it offwhile significantly reducing your chance of developing type 2 diabetes. Our third cohort will be starting on July 13, 2021. Click here for more details.

For more information about UCSC's DPP program, be sure to watch the recorded information session here.

UC DPP Eligibility

To be eligible for the DPP, participants must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have a BMI of 25 or greater (Individuals of Asian descent may have a BMI of 23+)
  • And demonstrate one of the following:
    • Blood test with a prediabetes diagnosis in the last year
    • Past diagnoses of gestational diabetes
    • A Risk Test score of five or greater*

*The CDC created the Risk Test to help adults better understand their risk of diabetes and whether they would benefit from participating in DPP. The Risk Test includes a few simple questions and takes less than two minutes to complete. Take the CDC's Risk Test here.

For more information, call or email Jessica Bulleri, Wellness Coordinator in the Office of Risk Services, at 831-502-7375 or jbulleri@ucsc.edu.

Note: If the UC campus-based program is not an option for you but you’d like to learn about other free resources available to you to help prevent type 2 diabetes, contact your health plan member services team. You can find the number on the back of your health plan ID card.