Diabetes Prevention Program Pilot

Working together to prevent type 2 diabetes

Syracuse University has partnered with the YMCA of Central New York to facilitate the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) pilot for active benefits-eligible faculty and staff. The DPP is a CDC-recognized, evidence-based lifestyle change program developed specifically to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. It is designed for adults who have prediabetes or are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, but who do not already have diabetes.

This small-group pilot program offers peer support while helping people eat healthier, increase their physical activity and lose weight.

Please read through all the information about this pilot program carefully. If you believe you qualify and are ready to commit, please complete the information on the “Express my interest” button. 

“Do I qualify?”

Individuals who have already been diagnosed with type 1 or type 2 diabetes do not qualify for this pilot program.

In order to qualify for the pilot program, you must be at least 18 years old, overweight (BMI > 25) and at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes indicated by a confirmatory blood value* or a clinical diagnosis of gestational diabetes (GDM) during a previous pregnancy. If a blood value or diagnosis is not available, a qualifying risk score** may be used to enroll.

  1. Prediabetes confirmed via one of three blood tests*:
    1. Fasting glucose = 100 -125mg/dl
    2. 2-hour post prandial glucose = 140- 199mg/dl
    3. HbA1C = 5.7% – 6.4%
  2. If no blood test, qualifying score (9 or higher) on an American Diabetes Association or CDC risk assessment**.
  3. Must be an active benefits-eligible Syracuse University faculty or staff member.

“I qualify, tell me more!”

The DPP pilot will be delivered by YMCA lifestyle coaches trained in group facilitation; coaches transfer accountability to participants over the course of the year-long program.

Two group options:

  • Wednesdays, noon – 1 p.m. 550 Bird Library
  • Wednesdays, 2 – 3 p.m. 550 Bird Library

There is a maximum number of participants per group. All interested participants that qualify will be placed on a list, there will be 20 participants randomly chosen to participate in each group. Stephanie Michaels, the intake coordinator from the YMCA of Central New York will contact the selected participants between Sept. 26 and Oct. 3.

One-year commitment (26 one-hour sessions):

  • Mandatory orientation session: Oct. 9
  • 16 consecutive weekly sessions: Oct. 16-Feb. 17 (no session Nov. 25, Dec. 25, or Jan. 1, 2020).
  • Step down to 3 sessions every other week: Feb. 26, March 11, March 25.
  • Step down to 6 sessions once per month: April 22, May 20, June 24.

Two data points (data is recorded in a HIPAA compliant online tracking system) are collected from participants at each session: weight and minutes of physical activity.

Free YMCA family membership for the first 20 weeks of the program:

  • All enrolled participants will receive the membership (more than a $300 value!).
  • The membership can be used at any of the six locations that are part of the YMCA of Central New York.

“Is there a personal investment for me to participate?”

The standard cost of the National Diabetes Prevention Program is $429.

All participants enrolled in the DPP pilot will contribute $200 to the DPP program via payroll deductions, but will have the opportunity for a full reimbursement by meeting the attendance criteria as well as weight and physical activity session submissions.

  • Non-exempt employees agree to have $5 per week deducted from their weekly paycheck (after taxes), starting Oct. 16, 2019 through July 15, 2020 for a total of $200.
  • Exempt employees agree to have $10 deducted from their biweekly paycheck (after taxes), for a total of $200, starting Oct. 15, 2019 through July 31, 2020.
  • How does reimbursement work?