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Changing lives with I Can Prevent Diabetes

Extension program delivers on weight loss for those with pre-diabetes or diabetes

University of Minnesota Extension is changing lives by offering I Can Prevent Diabetes (ICPD) across the state. ICPD is a yearlong program designed to help individuals prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes. Trained lifestyle coaches guide participants through weekly discussions about healthy eating, the benefits of regular movement, dealing with stress and much more. On top of providing education, coaches support participants in their efforts to lose weight and become more active. In 2020, Extension ICPD participants who completed the program lost an average of 6.2% of their body weight. A weight loss of 5% to 7% of body weight (10 to 14 pounds for a person weighing 200 pounds), reduces the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58% in adults at high risk for the disease (National Diabetes Prevention Program).

New happenings

In 2020, Extension made some exciting changes to how we delivered ICPD. Traditionally an in-person program, ICPD is now offered virtually via Zoom. Distance delivery allows people to take part in the lifestyle change program regardless of their location. Several participants of the virtual program shared that the class was incredibly convenient and allowed for more sharing and bonding with other members as well as the lifestyle coach.

Upcoming opportunities 

To take part in an ICPD program, individuals must be at least 18 years of age and have prediabetes or be at high-risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Extension begins several programs throughout the year and our next offering is set for April 14from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Register or be added to the class contact list for future programs


Nikki Johnson, MS, RD, LRD, Health and Nutrition Extension educator

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