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Diabetes Prevention


Prediabetes happens when a person's blood sugar level is higher than normal but not high enough to be classified as diabetes.

Without lifestyle changes most people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within five to six years.


Are 5 to 15 times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, 

Have a higher risk for heart disease and stroke.


You are if:

  • You are overweight or obese (BMI of 25kg/m2 or higher; higher than 23kg/m2 in Asian Americans ),
  • You are inactive (do not get regular physical activity),
  • You are over age 45,
  • You have a family history of diabetes (sibling, parent),
  • You had gestational diabetes at any time in your life,
  • History of cardiovascular disease (CVD),
  • You have high blood pressure (hypertension),
  • You have high HDL cholesterol and/or high triglyceride levels,
  • You are African American, Hispanic, Asian, Pacific Islander, or American Indian.
  • Classification and Diagnosis of Diabetes: Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes - 2018. Diabetes Care 2018; 41 (Suppl.1): S13-S27

Take the online quiz:

Know Your Score

If your score shows you are at high risk for prediabetes, talk to your health care provider and ask to be tested for prediabetes.   Your health care provider may do a simple blood test to find out if you have prediabetes.



The Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) National Diabetes Prevention Program is an evidence-based (proven to work based on research) lifestyle change program for preventing type 2 diabetes:

The Diabetes Prevention Program research study showed that making reasonable behavior changes helped participants lose 5% to 7% of their body weight—that is 10 to 14 pounds for a 200-pound person.

It can help people cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes in half.  These lifestyle changes (healthy eating, increased physical activity) reduced the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58% in people with prediabetes!

People who are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes work with a trained lifestyle coach in a group setting during the year-long program. 

For a full listing of Diabetes Prevention Programs in Tennessee visit:

 the CDC Registry of DPP Organizations  , select "Tennessee".


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ParTNers for Health is pleased to offer state, higher education, local government and local education agency members of the State Group Health Plan  and their enrolled adult dependents the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP)* as a covered benefit. As long as you use an in-network provider, there is no cost to you. You do not have to pay a copay to participate.

**If you have already been diagnosed with diabetes you will not be eligible for the DPP. If you have diabetes, you can contact ActiveHealth Management to enroll in a diabetes program.

You can choose either the in-person DPP program, or the online DPP (separate programs available for BlueCross BlueShield and Cigna members).


In-person DPP participants will get:
•Weekly, in-person sessions: Year–long program – weekly for 16 weeks, followed by three bimonthly sessions and six monthly sessions.
•Trained lifestyle coach: To guide you along the way.
•Group support: You are not alone! Motivation to help you make healthier choices.
•CDC-approved curriculum: Tips to stay on track.

 State of Tennessee Diabetes Prevention Program
•This in-person class is offered in the ParTNers Health & Wellness Center located on the 3rd floor of the WRS TN Tower in downtown Nashville.
•Classes and space are limited.

Seating is limited. There are two classes per year, starting in January and June.

To find out if you are eligible, contact the ParTNers Health & Wellness Center at 615.741.1709. Be sure to tell the center staff that you are calling about this program. Click here for a flier about the downtown Nashville program


1.  Cigna Omada Program (Cigna members only - If you enroll in the online DPP, you are not eligible for in-person classes.)

Omada® is an online lifestyle change program that can help Cigna members lose weight, feel good and develop long-term healthy habits.

You'll receive the program at no additional cost if you or your covered adult dependents are enrolled in a Cigna medical plan offered through the State of Tennessee, are at risk for diabetes, and are accepted into the program.

Program goal: Based on behavioral medicine and scientifically tested, Omada is designed to build healthy habits that last.

See if you’re eligible at If eligible you can apply online to join the program.

Click here for a flier about the Omada® program.

Click here for Omada® program FAQs.

Omada® participants will get:
•An interactive program to guide your journey
•A wireless smart scale to monitor your progress
•Weekly online lessons to empower you
•A professional online Omada health coach to keep you on track
•Small online group of participants to keep you engaged

For questions and more information, contact Omada® at:   

Call:  888.409.8687



2.  BlueCross BlueShield (BCBST) Retrofit Program (BCBST members only – if you enroll in the online DPP, you are not eligible for in-person classes.)

Better Health Starts Here: BCBST is partnering with Retrofit to offer an online diabetes prevention program. It is FREE to eligible members and their dependents age 18 and older to help manage your weight and reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Retrofit participants will get:
•Tips on how to make simple lifestyle changes
•Online health coaching sessions and regular feedback from your coach
•Support from an online community of members
•Wireless scale, activity tracker and digital tools to keep up with weight, food, mood, steps and exercise
•Personalized weight management help, including healthy, tasty recipes

If you have questions, call 888-599-7483. Be sure to have your BCBS Member ID with you when you call.

To see if you qualify for Retrofit’s program, log in to or register for your BlueAccessSM by clicking here.

Click here for a flier about the program.