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COVID-19 Advisory: WSU Extension is working to keep our communities safe. All Extension programming is being provided virtually, postponed, or canceled. Effective March 16, 2020, WSU Extension county offices and WSU Research & Extension Centers will be closed to the public. We are available via email, phone, and webconference.

Diabetes Prevention Program

Program Contact: Chris Koehler, Extension Faculty
(360) 482-2934 •

Weigh Less, Live More

Diabetes doesn’t wait. Neither should you. The Diabetes Prevention Program is a community-based program that is designed to help you lose a modest amount of weight, with the goal of helping you avoid developing type 2 diabetes. You meet as a group and follow a curriculum to learn practical, everyday steps that can help lead to a healthier lifestyle.

Three classes are offered for the fall:


Tuesdays, starting October 15, meeting 5:45 – 6:45 PM


Wednesdays, starting October 16, meeting 5:30 – 6:30 PM

Ocean Shores:

Fridays, starting October 18, meeting 10:00 – 11:00 AM

The program is a year long, with 16 weekly sessions followed by twice monthly sessions for months 5 and 6, then monthly sessions for months 7-12. New classes will be starting in fall 2019.

With the Grays Harbor County Diabetes Prevention Program you will you get:

  • The CDC-approved curriculum
  • The skills you need to lose weight, be more physically active, and manage stress
  • A trained lifestyle coach to guide and encourage you
  • Support from other participants with the same goals as you
  • 16 weekly and 4 twice-monthly sessions, taking you through the first 6 months
  • 6 monthly follow-up sessions to complete the year and help you maintain healthy lifestyle changes — and fun

Call 360-482-2934 or email: for more information and to enroll in one of the sessions. Pre-registration is required. There is no charge for the program, but we are accepting participant donations.

Classes are facilitated by Chris Koehler, Stephanie Rangel, or Mary Jo Lohrenz and Marlene Thomasson, Certified Lifestyle Coaches.

The Diabetes Prevention Program can make a difference to improve your health. You can make a change for life!

Requests for reasonable accommodation need to be made two weeks prior to the program. Please make all requests to WSU Extension 360-482-2934.

Cooperating agencies: Washington State University, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Grays Harbor County. Extension programs and employment are available to all without discrimination. Evidence of noncompliance may be reported through your local Extension office.

Are you at risk?

Try this simple, seven-question survey and see if you’re at risk for having prediabetes. Take the Risk Quiz, or print a copy for later. While you’re at it, check out the FAQ’s and Life Style Tips under Reverse Prediabetes.


  • Individual or group health insurance: See your health care provider. If you don’t have a provider, ask your insurance company about providers who take your insurance. Deductibles and copays may apply.
  • Medicaid: See your health care provider. If you don’t have a provider, contact your local Medicaid office or health department.
  • Medicare: See your health care provider. Medicare will pay the cost of testing if the provider has a reason for testing. If you don’t have a provider, contact your local health department.
  • No insurance: Call your local health clinic.

If you are at risk, enrolling in our Diabetes Prevention Program can help you say,
“NOT ME” to diabetes.