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  • Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP)


    Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP)                      

    Facilitator: Banner-University Medical Center
    Description: Have you ever been told by a health care professional that you:
    • Are at risk for getting diabetes?
    • Have prediabetes?
    • Have borderline diabetes?
    • Have high blood sugar or glucose?
    • Had diabetes when you were pregnant?
    • Have a family history of diabetes?

    You may be at high risk for type 2 diabetes, but there is something you can do about it.

    Join our expert coaches who work with small groups of adults to help you be-come healthier through weight loss and fitness and to prevent getting type 2 diabetes!

    Take part in 16 weekly, 1-hour group sessions* and 6 monthly follow-up sessions over one year. This program is designed to help you make the changes you need!

    *Group sessions conducted confidentially using HIPAA-compliant protocols. Program is free.

    Who can participate? All qualifying Pima County employees, spouses/domestic partners and dependents (18+)

    • Be at least 18 years old
    • Be overweight (Body Mass Index (BMI) ≥25 or ≥23 if Asian)
    • Have a blood test result in the prediabetes range within the past year
      • Hemoglobin A1C: 5.7-6.4% or
      • Fasting plasma glucose: 100-125mg or
      • Two-hour plasma glucose  140-199mg
    • Have been previously diagnosed with gestational diabetes and overweight
    • Have no previous diagnosis of diabetes by a physician and/or other health care provider
    • Cannot be pregnant before or during the sessions
    Delivery: Online, group sessions
    Duration: Year-long program. Groups meet for 16 weekly, 1-hour sessions and six monthly follow-up sessions over one year.
    Dates and Times: August 18, 2021 first session
    (September 8, 2021 last day to sign up)
    Wednesdays 12:00pm - 1:00pm or 5:30pm - 6:30pm
    Location: Online through virtual group sessions.
    How to get started: Register by calling 520-694-8401 or emailing
    Incentives: Healthy Lifestyle Activity Points
    Earn 10 points for each session attended. Does not include orientation.
    Corporate Rewards Gift Cards*
    • Weekly Sessions 1 – 16: attend at least 14/16 sessions and earn a $100 gift card
    • Monthly Sessions 1 - 6: attend at least 4/6 sessions and earn a $100 gift card

    *All gift cards are subject to taxation.

     Notes: The Banner-University Medical Center's Department Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) is voluntary and available to all employees, spouses/domestic partners and dependents 18 years or older who meet the eligibility requirements. The program is administered by Banner-University Medical Center employees. If you choose to participate in the Diabetes Prevention Program you will be asked to provide information on your prediabetes blood test results (Hemoglobin A1C, fasting plasma glucose, or two-hour plasma glucose), weight and Body Mass Index (BMI), diabetes or prediabetes diagnosis, and pregnancy status. The information will be collected by a DPP staff member and is used to determine eligibility requirements for the program and to compare initial and final results. Individual results will not be shared with Employee Wellness, management, or any other Pima County employee. DPP staff may share the information with the Centers for Disease Control in aggregate format.

    Incentives of various types and amounts will be available for employees who qualify by participating in a certain number of sessions. Attendance is reported by DPP staff to Employee Wellness. All prizes valued at $20 or more and all gift cards, gift certificates and vouchers at any value are subject to taxation. Throughout the year-long program, Healthy Lifestyle Activity Points may be earned in more than one reporting year (March 1st – February 28th.) Incentives are not available for spouses/domestic partners or dependents.

    Participants may become disqualified and unable to continue the series at any point during the program for reasons such as a diagnosis of diabetes and pregnancy. However, Employee Wellness offers a variety of reasonable alternatives for participants who start the program and become disqualified. If you need a reasonable alternative, please contact Employee Wellness. Arrangements for make-up of any missed class can be made with the class facilitator. Participants must weigh in on the same scale each time.