Diabetes Prevention Program

Local Health Departments and agencies dedicated to improving community health throughout Region 7 counties (Franklin, Granville, Halifax, Johnston, Nash, Wake, Warren, and Vance Counties) are partnering with Transforming Health Together to offer the North Carolina Diabetes Prevention Program.


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With nearly 1 out of 3 Americans pre-diabetic and not aware of their condition, it is imperative that we begin taking a stand now in the fight against type 2 diabetes. Further, nearly 40% of NC residents have not had their blood sugar checked within the past year and may not even know they are at risk. Not only does diabetes cause major health complications and high medical costs, but people who develop type 2 diabetes can lose as many as 15 years of life.

The diabetes prevention program consists of 16 group classes and multiple one-on-one support sessions with a trained lifestyle coach. By the end of the program participants will know how to:

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Prepare simple, healthy meals
  • Find time to be physically active

To find a diabetes prevention program near you visit diabetesfreenc.com or contact a local Diabetes Prevention Program provider from the list below:

  • Benson Area Medical Center
  • Community Care of Wake and Johnston County
  • Creedmoor Drug Co.
  • Franklin County Public Health Department
    • Contact Shanta’ Garner at sgarner@franklincountync.us or by phone at (919) 496-2533
  • Granville-Vance Public Health Department
  • Halifax Public Health Department
  • Johnston County Public Health Department
    • Contact Melissa Rockett at melissa.rockett@johnstonnc.com or 919-989-5264
  • Nash County Public Health Department
    • Contact Jerome Garner at jerome.garner@nashcountync.gov or (252) 459-9819
  • REALO Discount Drugs, Four Oaks, NC
  • Warren County Public Health Department
    • Contact Hilda Baskerville at hildabaskerville@warrencountync.gov or (252) 257-1185
  • YMCA of the Triangle 

In order to qualify as a DPP participant, an individual must:

  1. Be at least 18 years oldand
  2. Be overweight (body mass index of 24 kg/m or greater; 22 or greater if Asian), and
  3. Have no previous diagnosis of type 1 or type 2 diabetes AND ONE of the following in red:

If you’re unsure of whether you’re at risk for type 2 diabetes take this free online screening in the video below:

If you would like to get involved and learn more, please contact Melissa Rockett, melissa.rockett@johnstonnc.com to learn more about our Regional Diabetes Collaborative and Prevention Work.