Diabetes Prevention Series

Evidence-based and culturally tailored to the Chinese population



For people with prediabetes or early stage diabetes, establishing a healthy lifestyle is the most effective way to prevent or delay the progression of diabetes.  The National Diabetes Prevention Program by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has been shown to help reduce the risk of type II diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Results from the study showed that this structured lifestyle change program, in which participants achieved weight loss of 5 to 7 percent of their body weight, reduced the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58 percent in adults at high risk for the disease nearly double the rate compared to participants who took metformin over a 3-year period. 

Diabetes Prevention Program


Diabetes Prevention Series is based on the CDC's proven model that emphasizes lifestyle changes to diet, exercise, mindfulness, and sleep. The program is also culturally and linguistically tailored to the dietary and health needs of the Chinese population.

What our participants have said about the program: 

“I think everyone SHOULD take this class! This is the best class I have ever taken. All the teaching content can be used in daily life. Since I improved my diet and followed the healthy plate method, I lost 16 pounds in three months. A1C went from 6.0 to 5.7.  Thank you to all the instructors and thank you for this excellent course!”

The 3-month Diabetes Prevention Series includes two-parts:

1. Diabetes Fundamentals

focus on basics about diabetes, taught by a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist.

If you do not know your diabetes risk, we suggest that you complete a simple questionnaire.

The course covers:

  • Diabetes pathology, diagnosis, symptoms, factors and complications
  • Insulin resistance, modifiable/non-modifiable risk factors
  • Scientifically proven methods to effectively prevent diabetes
  • BMI, waist circumference, blood pressure
  • What to do if you have diabetes

2. Healthy Habits, Healthy Life Program

help build healthy lifestyle through diet, exercise, sleep and stress reduction. Conducted by registered dietitians, strength trainer, qigong instructor, clinical psychologist.


  • Nutrition 1 
  • Nutrition 2
  • Nutrition 3
  • Grocery Tour


  • How to Exercise Effectively
  • Qigong
  • Strength Training with a Trainer

Sleep and Stress-Reduction

  • Stress-Reduction
  • Introduction to Mindfulness
  • Introduction to Meditation
  • Sleep

Conducted virtually via Zoom. 

Mandarin Session
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Cantonese Session
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The program is completely free. Participants need to complete pre and post surveys and provide their Hemoglobin A1C score before and after the program to evaluate outcome. A free finger-prick Hemoglobin A1C test might be provided to participants upon completion 

*The test is limited to participants who live in Santa Clara County. 

Request information about Diabetes Prevention Series

If you are interested in learning more or wonder if the program is a good fit for you, please contact us. Call today 650-988-3234.

Funded by El Camino Healthcare District and El Camino Health Community Benefit funds, and generous donations from the community.