Diabetes Prevention Program

About Diabetes Prevention

Individuals at high risk for type 2 diabetes can prevent or delay the disease by losing a moderate amount of weight through lifestyle changes (dietary changes and increased physical activity).

Taking prescribed medications, may also help prevent or delay the disease.

FHS’s Diabetes Prevention Program consists of 25 one-hour sessions over the course of a year. During these small group adult sessions, a trained lifestyle coach facilitates discussions on behavior changes that can improve the health of class participants.

We are currently enrolling for our fall Diabetes Prevention Program.  These classes are covered by insurance and through a grant provided by the DC Department of Health.  Classes are held on Saturday mornings at the Francis A. Gregory Library and on Tuesday evenings at the Hillcrest Community Center.

Saturday Classes

Time:  10:00am – 11:00am

Dates:  Beginning September 21st (9/21, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12) 

Location: Francis A. Gregory Library
3660 Alabama Avenue SE
Washington, DC 20020

Tuesday Classes

Time:  6:30pm – 7:30pm

Dates:  Beginning September 24th (9/24, 10/1, 10/8, 10/15) 

Location: Hillcrest Community Center
3100 Denver Street SE | Washington, DC 20020

What you will learn in FHS’s Diabetes Prevention Program


You’ll learn to make healthier meals by including lots of vegetables, watching portion sizes, and reducing calories.


During the first half of the program, you will learn to:


  • Eat healthy without giving up all the foods you love
  • Add physical activity to your life, even if you don’t think you have time
  • Deal with stress
  • Cope with challenges that can derail your hard work—like how to choose healthy food when eating out
  • Get back on track if you stray from your plan—because everyone slips now and then

In the second half of the program, you will build on the skills you have learned so you can maintain the changes you’ve made. These classes will review key skills such as tracking your food and physical activity, setting goals, staying motivated, and overcoming barriers. You may learn some new information, too. The lifestyle coach and small group will continue to support you throughout your wellness journey.

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