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Diabetes Prevention Program

Providing diabetes awareness, education and lifestyle change options that work!

Diabetes is the seventh-leading cause of death in Louisiana. Currently, there are an estimated 300,000-350,000 people living with diabetes in our state, and many are unaware that they have the disease. To help reduce the risk for our neighbors, DESMA offers a community diabetes education and prevention program.


Programs such as DESMA’s Diabetes Prevention Program can help people with pre-diabetes and/or at risk for type 2 diabetes reduce their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by 58%. The reduction was even greater among adults aged 60 years or older with 71% according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Diabetes prevention programs recognized as part of the National Diabetes Prevention Recognition Program use lifestyle change interventions that target improving diet, increasing physical activity and achieving moderate weight loss. Participants must be non diabetic and either at risk or diagnosed with pre-diabetes.

How the program works? 

The DESMA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is part of CDC led National Diabetes Prevention Program. It gets to the root of the diabetes epidemic by helping those at high risk of developing the disease make lifestyle changes. The program focuses on healthy eating, physical activity and weight management. 

Participants in the DESMA’s Diabetes Prevention Program meet in a classroom setting as a group with a trained DESMA Lifestyle Coach the 16 weekly core sessions. During the sessions, they learn how to make healthier food choices, how to incorporate more physical activity into their daily routine and how to manage a healthy weight. After the initial 16 core sessions, participants meet monthly for added support to help them maintain their progress.  This is a 12 month program; therefore commitment is vital to your success.

Program Goals: 

1) Reduce body weight by 7%

2) Increase physical activity to 150 minutes per week


• Must be 18 or older,

• Overweight/obese (BMI > 25)

• High risk for developing type 2 diabetes, or have been diagnosed with prediabetes.

If you have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes, or believe you may be at risk for developing diabetes, the Diabetes Prevention Program can help you develop a healthier lifestyle and work with you to reduce the risks this condition can pose to your health.  

Print the Risk Assessment form and forward to help@desma4her.orgor fax it to 985-261-2019. 

Eligibility and Pre-Registration

Complete a Printable Referral form and send it to the Diabetes Prevention Program Coordinator at, or fax it to 985-261-2019 attention Barbara Gainwell, Program Coordinator.

Program Payer Options

Program Fees – contact the Diabetes Prevention Program Coordinator at 985-466-1118 for details.



Next Class: December  2019

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