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National Diabetes Prevention Program classes now available in communities across Chicago – for FREE.

To connect to a program, please call 312-746-4835.

If you live outside of Chicago, visit the Illinois CARES Find a Class tab to find a free online class now.

Click here to download the Illinois CARES Communications Toolkit. 

How it Works

DPP takes the guess work out of how to make a meaningful lifestyle change, giving you resources to learn how to live a healthy life – for free. And the best part is, you will have the support you need through a year-long class to make the change permanent, including:


      • A trained lifestyle support coach to guide and encourage you
      • Support from other participants with the same goals as you
      • Weekly meetings for the first six months and monthly meetings for the second six months
      • Skills you need to lose weight, be more active, and manage stress

Make a Change

Don’t Wait!

Without making a change, many people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within five years. We urge you to take advantage of this free program, avoid the hassle of pills and needles, and make a healthy lifestyle change for good.

Contact a community health care provider by phone or email to sign up for the next session of free DPP classes.

Contacta a la organización por teléfono o correo electrónico para inscribirte en la próxima clase gratuita de DPP.

Find Support Near You

Diabetes Prevention Program classes are hosted and run by our community partners across Illinois. More classes may become available in the future. Contact a local organization to find a class today!

Las clases del Programa de Prevención de la Diabetes son organizadas y administradas por nuestros socios comunitarios en todo el estado de Illinois. Es posible que haya más clases disponibles en el futuro. ¡Póngase en contacto con una organización local para encontrar una clase hoy!

Contact a Local Organization

For Participants

Gateway Region YMCA

Illinois Health and Hospital Association

Abby Radcliffe

Illinois Pharmacists Association

Jamie Reynolds

Southern Illinois University School of Medicine

For DPP class information, please email:

Tazewell County Health Department

Kim Litwiller

West Cook YMCA

Phillip Jimenez


For additional class information, please find the CDC DPP provider directory HERE.

For Providers and Employers

The Gateway Region YMCA

Kim Thro
Contact to learn how employers can leverage the DPP program for employees

Illinois Health and Hospital Association

Abby Radcliffe
Contact to learn how hospitals can become DPP providers.

Illinois Pharmacists Association

Jamie Reynolds
Contact to learn more about the network of pharmacies developing DPP programs.

Illinois Primary Health Care Association

Megan Williams

Illinois Public Health Association

Tracey Smith
Contact to find technical assistance and support in setting up a DPP program outside of Chicago.

Midwest Business Group on Health

Mindy McBee
Contact to learn more about employers offering DPP.

Meet María

My name is María Ocampo Flores, I’m a resident of Back-of-the-Yards, mother of three and grandmother of two. Recently, due to health complications in my knees, I had to stop working. During a visit at Esperanza Health Clinic, my doctor told me about the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP).

This program has helped me better my health and my mood. Most of all, it has helped me to develop a healthier diet and become more informed about prediabetes. Since I began the program, I have made overcoming prediabetes, taking care of my health and weight my top goals. I enjoy the classes and the support given to program participants, as it’s an opportunity for us to empower ourselves and to be healthier.

The health and safety of our community is our top priority.

Chicago CARES Diabetes Prevention Program classes have been affected differently by COVID-19, so please contact the organization directly to learn more about current classes and future class enrollment. We encourage you to stay connected by checking our page for updates and following us via our Twitter and Facebook pages.