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Our office is moving in July!

NOTE: June 30, 2022 will be the last day we will be open so we can pack and move.

Research projects and community programs scheduled outside of our physical office will continue as planned. If you need to reach us, email us ( or leave us a message on our voicemail, (360) 778-5806, so we can respond to you as soon as possible.

We will open at our new location on July 18th at: 600 Dupont Street, Bellingham, WA

Diabetes Prevention Program

You can make a change for life

Prevent Type 2 diabetes with the
WSU Whatcom County Extension Prevention Classes!

If you have prediabetes or other risk factors for type 2 diabetes, it’s time to take charge of your health. The WSU DPP lifestyle change intervention can help you make lasting changes to reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes. WSU Diabetes Prevention is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

1 out of every 3 are at risk

With the WSU Whatcom County Diabetes Prevention Course you get:

• A 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 sessions
• 6 monthly follow-up sessions to help you maintain healthy lifestyle changes — and fun

The Diabetes Prevention Program is in your community

Lifecoach Diane Smith (360) 395-2355 can enroll you and help you change your lifestyle to prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes. The 22 week sessions in a facilitated group are fun and provide you with the support you need to say Not Me! To diabetes.

Some insurance plans & Medicare will cover the $430 cost for the WSU DPP. WSU offers scholarships and payment plans for reduced fees for people with low income.

Prediabetes can lead to Type 2 diabetes

One out of three American adults has prediabetes, and most of them do not know it. Having prediabetes means your blood glucose (sugar) level is higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. This raises your risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

Without weight loss or moderate physical activity, many people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within 3 years. Type 2 diabetes is a serious condition that can lead to health issues such as heart attack; stroke; blindness; kidney failure; or loss of toes, feet, or legs.

The lifestyle changes you make in WSU DPP will help you prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.

Risk factors…

You may have prediabetes and be at risk for Type 2 diabetes if you:

• Are overweight

• Have a family history of type 2 diabetes

• Are physically active fewer than 3 times per week

• Ever had diabetes while pregnant (gestational diabetes) or gave birth to a baby that weighed more than 9 pounds

• Are 45 years of age or older

Make a change – Start today!

If you think you may be at risk for type 2 diabetes:

• Ask to be tested for prediabetes. The health care provider may do a simple blood test.

• Ask the health care provider to fill out the Recommendation Form on the back of this brochure.

• Take the completed form to a program near you. To find a program, call us today.


If you don’t have a health care provider, call us to find out if you qualify for the program.

Take the “Could You Have Prediabetes?” online quiz:
If your score shows you are at high risk for prediabetes, talk to your health care provider or contact our program.

WSU Whatcom County Extention Diabetes Prevention Program – (360) 395-2355