HealthChoice Diabetes Prevention Program

Prevent or Delay Type 2 Diabetes

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If you have prediabetes, the HealthChoice Diabetes Prevention Program lifestyle change program may be for you. It can help you lose weight, become more active, and prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. Your health care provider or your health plan will help you find the right DPP provider for you.​

RISK3.jpgWhat is prediabetes?

Prediabetes means your blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be called diabetes. Prediabetes can lead to type 2 diabetes and other health problems if left untreated.
The good​ news is that prediabetes can often be reversed with some healthy lifestyle changes.​

​​How does the HealthChoice DPP work?

A specially trained lifestyle coach will lead and support you and your group members  through this year-long program. You can choose what learning style works for you: online, in-person, distance learning or combination sessions. 

Your lifestyle coach will use the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) approved lessons and adapt the sessions to match your group’s background, interests, and needs.

Your group members are your support group. They are people with goals and struggles like your own. Your support group will share ideas, cheer each other's success, and help solve problems that can get in the way of your goals.

How much time does the program take to complete?
The program runs for one year. During the first six months, you will meet about once a week. During the final six months, you will meet at least once a month. For best results, stay in the program for the full year. 

What will I learn?

During the first half of the program, you will learn to:

  • Eat healthy without giving up all the foods you love
  • Add physical activity to your life, even if you do not think you have time
  • Deal with stress
  • Cope with challenges that can derail your hard work—like how to choose healthy food when eating out
  • Get back on track if you stray from your plan
In the second half of the program, you will work on the skills you have learned so you can keep up the changes you have made. 

How do I know if I am eligible for the HealthChoice DPP?

To be eligible, you must meet all the following:

  • Be a Maryland Medicaid HealthChoice member
  • Be 18 to 64 years old
  • Be overweight 
  • Not be pregnant
  • Have never been diagnosed with type 1 or type 2 diabetes
  • Have a recent blood test with results in the prediabetes range or have a history of gestational diabetes
Ready to make a change? Enroll in a HealthChoice DPP today.

Talk to your health care provider or call your health insurance provider for more information.

How much does the HealthChoice DPP cost?

The HealthChoice DPP is free for eligible Medicaid HealthChoice members. 

What kind of results do people have with the HealthChoice DDP?

Many participants have lost weight, say they feel better, and are more active than they were before the program. 

The program can also lower your risk of having a heart attack or stroke, improve your health, help you feel more energetic, and even reverse your prediabetes.

Research shows that people with prediabetes who take part in a DPP lifestyle change program can cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58 percent, and for people over 60 years old by 71 percent. The average person will lose 5 to 7 percent of their body weight by eating healthier and being active for 150 minutes a week. 

HealthChoice Diabetes Prevention Program Providers

Use the Links to DPP information listed below next to each provider name to learn more about each Medicaid HealthChoice provider's covered diabetes prevention program. 

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For questions about Maryland Medicaid’s HealthChoice DPP, email mdh.medicaidDPP@maryland.gov. ​​