Diabetes Prevention Program

Health Plus offers the National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) to support VUMC faculty/staff and spouses in preventing or delaying type 2 diabetes.

Through the program you will gain:

  • Connections to others in the VUMC community who are working toward the same goals.
  • Skills to help you eat healthier, be more active, and reduce stress.
  • Access to a trained lifestyle coach for one year.

There is no charge to participate in the program. 


If you have a Body Mass Index of 25 or higher (23 or higher if you are of Asian descent) and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, then you may be eligible to participate.

You can determine your risk by:

  • Taking the "Prediabetes Risk Test".
  • Having one of the following blood tests done by a healthcare professional:
    • Fasting glucose test. This measures blood glucose in people who have not eaten anything for at least eight hours. Results of 100 to 125 mg/dL indicate prediabetes.
    • Glucose tolerance test. This test is typically given during pregnancy to check for gestational diabetes. Women who have had gestational diabetes are at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
    • Hemoglobin A1c test. This test measures the amount of glucose that is on the red blood cells. Fasting is not necessary. An A1c value of 5.7% to 6.4% indicates prediabetes.

Contact Health Plus to learn more! 


Healthcare providers can refer eligible faculty/staff and spouses in the following ways:

  • VUMC providers use one of these options in eStar:
    • Send In Basket message To: "P HEALTH PLUS CLINICAL"
    • Use Ambulatory Referral order "Ambulatory referral to Health Plus" or "REF407"
  • Other providers use this form.