SCES Launching Free Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Program

Somerville-Cambridge Elder Services (SCES) is launching a free Type 2 Diabetes prevention program that has been shown to dramatically reduce probability of developing the disease.

The Prevent T2 Lifestyle Change Program is a year-long program designed for people with pre-diabetes. It is also designed for people who are at high risk for Type 2 diabetes and want to lower their risk. The Prevent T2 Program helps people achieve moderate weight loss by eating well and becoming more active.Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Program

The program works by helping individuals lose a modest amount of weight through increased activity and better food choices, as well as group and coach support.

Coaches will provide information to the group, recognizing that there are often individual barriers to change. Knowing this, they work with each participant to set goals and stay on track, in order to be successful.

The program is based on studies that found individuals with pre-diabetes who managed to lose only 7% of their body weight (and keep that weight off) saw a 58% reduction in the probability of developing Type 2 diabetes.

SCES will offer program at the Cambridge Citywide Senior Center, starting in September. The group will meet for a total of 26 hour-long sessions, on the following schedule:

  • Once a week the first four months
  • Every other week for the next two months
  • Once a month for the final six months

The program is free, but there are eligibility requirements. Participants must be at risk for Type 2 Diabetes or pre-diabetic. Body Mass Index (BMI) is also an important factor.

For more information about the program, or to inquire about joining the class, contact Eliza Wiesner at 617-628-2601, x3108 or email at


Somerville-Cambridge Elder Services (SCES) is a private, non-profit agency dedicated to improving the quality of life and maintaining the dignity and independence of older people in Somerville and Cambridge. For more information about SCES, visit or follow SCES on Facebook and Twitter.