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Montana Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP)

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 Male participant with his wife and son hiking on a trail.About the Montana DPP

The Montana DPP is a public health program that supports healthy lifestyle changes for adults who are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Trained lifestyle coaches deliver the program through 19 organizations across the state.

Montana DPP Fact Sheet


The Montana DPP is committed to reducing the burden of cardiovascular disease and diabetes by utilizing sustainable community partnerships to provide opportunities for primary prevention emphasizing healthy lifestyle change among high risk Montanans.


The Montana DPP organizes, educates and supports community partners in reducing the risks of cardiovascular disease and diabetes in Montana.

For the Public - Interested in Making Healthy Lifestyle Changes?


Implementing healthy, sustainable changes to your daily nutrition and learning how to implement physical activity that is enjoyable can ultimately help you lose weight and feel better is what this lifestyle program is all about. You will be in classes with others who have similar struggles, but can offer a sense of support. There are trained lifestyle coaches that will educate and help guide you to success.

Eligibility Criteria

Adults are eligible if they are overweight, have medical clearance and have one or more of the following risk factors:

  • Pre-diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • High LDL cholesterol, low HDL cholesterol, or high triglycerides
  • Had gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) or delivered a baby >9 lbs.

People who have completed this year-long program gain confidence and learn new life skills.  You will attend 1-hour group classes for a 16-week series of nutrition and physical activity classes and then 6 monthly classes. You will learn how to make better food choices, be more active, and manage stress or other challenges to help you lose weight.

Prevent Diabetes Stat for Partners, Patients, and the Public

For Health Care Professionals - Interested in Referring Your Patient to the DPP?


About one third of adults are at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes. The risk can be cut in half by completion of the Diabetes Prevention Program offered by organizations across Montana. Based on strong evidence of effectiveness in reducing new-onset diabetes, the Community Preventive Services Task Force now recommends programs like the DPP.

  • This proven program can help people with prediabetes and/or at risk for type 2 diabetes make achievable and realistic lifestyle changes.
  • Participation in this program also reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and its complications. 
  • The DPP is a year-long program with 16 weekly sessions and 6 monthly follow-up sessions with trained lifestyle coaches who empower participants to take charge of their health.

Clinicians are encouraged to identify high risk persons in their practice and refer these persons to the DPP to take advantage of this preventive service.

  • Access a sample medical clearance form to refer your patient.
  • Use the toolkit created by the AMA and CDC to help your practice screen, test, and refer patients to the DPP.

Prevent Diabetes Stat for Partners, Patients, and the Public

Find a Diabetes Prevention Program

Find a Diabetes Prevention Program in Montana by going to our DPP Story Map located here.


Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP)

The DPP offers healthy lifestyle changes for adults with pre-diabetes who are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Over the years the Montana Diabetes Program published number of articles on variety of topics using the MT DPP data.

Montana DPP Publications:

National and International DPP Publications:

  •  Finnish Diabetes Prevention Study
    • Tuomilehto J, Lindström J, Eriksson JG, et al. Prevention of type 2 diabetes mellitus by changes in lifestyle among subjects with impaired glucose tolerance. NEJM 344 (2001) 1343–1350.
  • US National Institutes of Health Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) and Diabetes Prevention Program Outcomes Study (DPPOS)
    • Knowler WC, Barrett-Connor E, Fowler SE, et al. Reduction in the incidence of type 2 diabetes with lifestyle intervention or metformin. NEJM 2002;346:393–403.
    • Diabetes Prevention Program Research Group, Knowler WC, Fowler SE, Hamman RF, et al. 10-Year follow-up of diabetes incidence and weight loss in the Diabetes Prevention Program Outcomes Study. Lancet 2009;374:1677–1686.
    • Article summarizing the ADA 74th Scientific Sessions oral presentation. American Diabetes Association: Nathan DM, et al "Results from the Diabetes Prevention Program Outcomes Study: 1996-2013" ADA 2014.

DPP Poster Presentations:

Additional Resources

For more information related to type 2 diabetes risk factors and prevention, please visit these national organizations:

Questions and comments about the Montana DPP can be sent to our Health Educator.