Prevent T2 Diabetes

Have you been told that you have Prediabetes? 

Does Diabetes run in your family? 

Did you have gestational diabetes?

Is your A1c 5.7–6.4%?


Sometimes called borderline diabetes, prediabetes is when the blood sugar is higher than normal but not high enough to be treated as diabetes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), prediabetes is really common—more than 88 million US adults have it, though more than 84% of them don’t know they do.  

The good news is that prediabetes can be reversed. 

Take the 1-minute prediabetes risk test. If your score shows, your risk is high, visit your doctor for a simple blood test to confirm your result.

Meanwhile, download the CDC guide to help you get started:
On Your Way to Preventing Type2 Diabetes Guide

Or, you can download this Quick Guide for tips and healthy weight habits.  

Need support in making healthy choices?

Join the Prevent T2 Lifestyle Change Program 

If your blood test is positive for prediabetes, join the CDC-recognized National Diabetes Prevention Program lifestyle change program at the Richmond County Health Department to learn how to make lasting lifestyle changes to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.  

To participate,  you’ll need to meet ALL 4 of these requirements:

  • Be 18 years or older
  • Have a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or higher (23 or higher if you are Asian American)
  • Not be previously diagnosed with diabetes
  • Not be pregnant

And, of these requirements:

1. Have you had a blood test result in the prediabetes range within the past year (includes any of these tests and results):

  • Hemoglobin A1C: 5.7–6.4%.
  • Fasting plasma glucose: 110–125 mg/dL.
  • 2-hour plasma glucose (after a 75 g glucose load): 140–199 mg/dL.

2. Be previously diagnosed with gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy).

3. Received a high-risk result (score of 5 or higher) on the Prediabetes Risk Test.

What is the Lifestyle Change Program?

The Prevent T2 Lifestyle Change Program is a year-long adventure in learning how to make small adjustments in your lifestyle that lead to big changes in your overall health and keep you from developing Type 2 Diabetes.  You work with a trained lifestyle coach who guides you in discovering those needed adjustments and helps you fit them into your schedule and life.  The lifestyle coach will also guide you on learning about eating healthier and adding more physical activity to your day. You will also learn to manage stress, stay motivated, and solve problems that slow your progress.  

Program Structure

All classes will be at the Richmond County Health Department, dates and times to be announced. In addition, there may be a virtual option depending on COVID numbers in the county.  

We meet:

  • Once a week for four months (sessions 1-16)
  • Every other week for two months (17-20)
  • Once a month for six months (21-26)

Program Goals

You will establish short-term and long-term goals at the onset of the program. However, the overall plan for participants will be to achieve moderate weight loss by eating well and being active.  

By the end of the first six months, the goals are to have:

  • Lost at least 5% to 7% of starting weight
  • At least 150 minutes of physical activity each week at a moderate pace or more

By the end of the second six months, the goals are to:

  • Keep off the weight that has been lost
  • Keep working toward a goal weight if it has not been reached
  • Lose more weight if it is felt necessary
  • Keep getting the 150 minutes of activity each week

Participants Role

At home, participants are required to:

  • Track minutes of activity each day (we will learn how during the Track Your Activity Session)
  • Write the minutes of activity on the Fitness Log to turn in weekly

During sessions, participants are required to:

  • Bring notebooks to class
  • Turn in Fitness Logs 
  • Weight in and keep a Weight Log (no worries, it is confidential) 
  • Participate and encourage your classmates

After sessions, participants are asked to:  

  • Track their food each day (we will learn how during the Track Your Food Session)
  • Track more details on their activity each day
  • Try new things and new experiences that are discussed in class

Interesting in Preventing T2 Diabetes?

Please contact:  
Kendra Faries
Richmond County Public Health Educator

Or fill out the interest form: