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Rochester Diabetes Prevention Program

An evidence-based program that can prevent Type 2 Diabetes

The Center for Community Health & Prevention is collaborating with several partners to create Diabetes Prevention Programs (DPP) across the community.

Start a Diabetes Prevention Program in Your Community

We are currently seeking volunteers interested in being trained as facilitators for the program.

The Center for Community Health & Prevention offers a two-day training course for facilitators that covers:

  • Tips for program recruitment and retention
  • All program curriculum
  • Group facilitation and motivation
  • Nutrition and physical activity guidelines

All facilitators will be supported by a registered dietitian from the Center for Community Health with weekly, in-person, or phone supervision and scheduled visits to group sessions.

Facilitators will also have access to Diabetes Prevention Program tools and materials including:

  • Scale for weekly weigh ins
  • Water bottles/pedometers
  • Facilitator and participant handbooks
  • Financial incentive to help with sustainability

To learn more about starting a Diabetes Prevention Program for your organization contact Daniella Castro by email at or phone at 585.530.2050.

Program Overview

The Rochester Diabetes Prevention Program (DDP) is an evidence-based program designed to help people who have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes, prevent the development of type 2 Diabetes. The year-long, lifestyle change program covers information about nutrition and physical activity, and how they impact our health and daily lives.

The program curriculum is based on research done by the National Institutes of Health. Studies showed that lifestyle changes resulting in weight loss and increased physical activity, can delay or prevent Type 2 Diabetes in patients diagnosed with pre-diabetes.

To learn more contact Daniela Castro by email at  or phone at 585.530.2050.

You can help prevent Type 2 Diabetes in our community

  • Prevent diabetes and so much more: 100 million people in the United States have diabetes or pre-diabetes. By preventing diabetes, we are also preventing complications from diabetes such as vision loss, kidney failure, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and more.
  • Feel better: a healthy lifestyle - the combination of physical activity and a balanced diet - is key to preventing Type 2 Diabetes and other illnesses. A healthier lifestyle can also improve mood and boosts energy.
  • Results that matter: the Diabetes Prevention Program has been shown to prevent or delay Type 2 Diabetes by supporting participants to increase activity levels and lose 5 to 7% of their body weight.


This opportunity is a collaboration between The Center for Community Health & Prevention, Common Ground Health, and the Monroe County Department of Public Health.

Partners include Rochester Regional Health, American Diabetes Association, YMCA of Greater Rochester, GRRHIO, and the Monroe County Medical Society. We aim to link people at risk for developing diabetes to Diabetes Prevention Programs in the community.