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Extension Receives CDC Recognition for Diabetes Prevention Program

By Hannah Jastram, Communications Associate

Last week, University of Minnesota Extension received recognition from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for demonstrated effectiveness in delivering diabetes prevention programming.

Extension joins 82 other organizations with full recognition, only four of which are cooperative extension services. To receive full recognition, a program must demonstrate effectiveness through session attendance and documented weight loss. Over a thousand organizations deliver evidence-based type 2 diabetes prevention programs in communities across the United States and have applied for CDC recognition.

SNAP-Ed Educator Marilyn Hofland
with an ICANPD participant.
Since Extension Health and Nutrition staff began offering this program, known as I CAN Prevent Diabetes in Minnesota, throughout the state two years ago, participants have achieved an average weight loss of five percent of their body weight in the first four months of starting the program. “We are pleased to have received recognition,” said Sara Van Offelen, regional coordinator for SNAP-Ed and a master trainer for the program. “Our nutrition educators have been working hard with community organizations and committed Minnesotans to achieve these results.”

Nutrition educators trained as lifestyle coaches teach participants how to make healthier choices for themselves, and they carry those lessons back to their homes. “The nutritional aspects of this class have transformed the way my family and I eat,” one participant said.
  • I CAN Prevent Diabetes provides tools and support for adults to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes:
  • A four-month phase with weekly sessions followed by an eight-month phase with monthly sessions.
  • Instruction on diabetes prevention focusing on nutrition and physical activity.
  • Goal-setting around physical activity, food selection and intake, and other health behaviors.
  • Personalized guidance and coaching from trained instructors.
Extension is now listed in CDC’s Registry of Recognized Organizations. For more information about I CAN Prevent Diabetes, visit
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