Diabetes Prevention Program


A proven program to prevent or delay Type 2 Diabetes 


What is the PreventT2 Lifestyle Change Program?

PreventT2 is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It is proven to help people with prediabetes prevent or delay development of type 2 diabetes.

PreventT2 utilizes trained Lifestyle Coaches who will facilitate lessons and group discussions. The program is a year-long commitment to ensure lasting lifestyle changes. PreventT2 cohorts meet weekly for the first 6 months, then once or twice a month for the second 6 months with a total of 24-26 sessions per cohort.

What Will You Gain from PreventT2?

As a participant of PreventT2 you will learn skills to lose weight, be more physically active, manage stress, and set goals. Throughout the program there will be private weigh-ins, food and activity tracking, and action planning to help ensure success.

Being part of a group provides support from other people who are facing similar challenges and trying to make the same changes. Together you can celebrate successes and find ways to overcome obstacles while working toward your personal health and fitness goals.

During PreventT2, you will learn to:

  • Eat healthy
  • Add physical activity to your life
  • Manage stress
  • Stay on track when eating out
  • Understand and respond to your food cues
  • Stay motivated
  • Solve problems that can get in the way of healthy changes

Who is Eligible?

All Prevent T2 program participants MUST meet ALL the following:

  • Be 18 years or older
  • Have a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or higher (23 or higher if Asian American)
  • Not be previously diagnosed with type 1 or type 2 diabetes
  • Not pregnant at the time of enrollment

AND must meet ONE of the following:

  • A recent (within the past year) blood test meeting ONE of the following specifications:
    • Fasting glucose of 110 to 125 mg/dL
    • Plasma glucose measured 2 hours after a 75gm glucose load of 140 to 199 mg/dL
    • A1C of 5.7 to 6.4
  • Clinically diagnosed gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) during a previous pregnancy
  • A positive screening for prediabetes based on the CDC Prediabetes Screening Test, which can be found here

When Does PreventT2 Start?

New cohorts are administered each year in January and July at McLean County Health Department. The next cohort will be starting on Wednesday, January 24th, 2024, 2pm-3pm. Contact us at (309) 888-5548 to learn more.

How Do I Sign Up?

Click here to sign up for the Prevent T2 Program, or you can contact a Lifestyle Coach by email health.promotion@mcleancountyil.gov or by phone at (309) 888-5548.

Additional Resources


“Could You Have Prediabetes?” Online Quiz: This simple, seven-question quiz assesses if a person is at risk for having prediabetes. 
Take the Test - Prediabetes | Diabetes | CDC

"A Change for Life” Video: In this video, experts and people with prediabetes talk about how type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed by making lifestyle changes that include weight loss and increased physical activity. People with prediabetes discuss how group lifestyle change classes helped them learn and retain healthy habits.