The Case Specific Nutrition Diabetes Prevention Program helps adults at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles by eating healthier, increasing physical activity, and losing a modest amount of weight in order to reduce their chances of developing the disease.


Research by the National Institutes of Health has shown that programs like CSN’s Diabetes Prevention Program can reduce the number of new cases of type 2 diabetes by 58% and 71% in adults over age 60.



In-person, virtual and telephonic classroom settings are available. A trained lifestyle coach will support participants via gradual learning about healthy eating, physical activity, and other behavior change. Over the course of 25 sessions the group will focus on education and accountability.


The year-long program consists of 16 weekly sessions and three sessions every other week during the first six months followed by 6 monthly sessions in the second six months.


The Leader of our DPP Program is Vince Ranalli, Director of Community Relations and Diabetes Prevention Specialist. You can learn more about Vince here. He can be contacted Directly via e-mail at Vince@casespecificnutrition.com

Program Goals:

  • Build a healthy mindset and habits 

  • Reduce body weight by 7%

  • Increase physical activity to 150 minutes per week



Participants who qualify for the program must be at least 18 years old, overweight (BMI > 25) * and at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes indicated by a confirmatory blood valueor a clinical diagnosis of Gestational Diabetes (GDM) during previous pregnancy. If a blood value or diagnosis is not available, a qualifying risk score may be used to enroll.



See below. Participants will be engaged as a group and individual to foster participation and rapport. Weekly handouts, app and website recommendations and nutrition tracking methods are just a few examples of the resources provided to participants. 


CSN’s Diabetes Prevention Program uses a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-approved curriculum in the CDC’s Diabetes Prevention Recognition Program.


*Asian individual(s) BMI > 22

Individuals who have already been diagnosed with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes do not qualify for this program.




Please contact Vince directly for all things DPP. Dial our central line 412-593-2048 and select option 4, or email him at vince@casespecificnutrition.com. He is available to answer questions as well as work with our Administrative staff to check your insurance for coverage and get you enrolled in the next DPP Class!


The First 16 Sessions Include the Following Topics:

Session 1 – Welcome to CSN’s Diabetes Prevention Program. In this session, participants are introduced to each other, their Lifestyle Coach, and the purpose and goals of the program.


Session 2 – Be a Fat Detective. Participants learn how to begin keeping an accurate food journal.


Session 3 – Ways to Eat Less Fat. Participants learn to use available resources (such as food labels) to identify healthier options.


Session 4 – Healthy Eating. Participants discuss the food groups and meal planning.


Session 5 – Move Those Muscles. The physical activity goal is introduced in this session. Participants explore ways to add physical activity to their daily routine.


Session 6 – Being Active – A Way of Life. Participants learn the difference between purposeful physical activity and lifestyle physical activity.


Session 7 – Tip the Calorie Balance. Participants explore the principles behind “calories in verses calories out.”


Session 8 – Take Charge of What’s around You. Participants discuss the physical cues in their environment that trigger certain behaviors around eating and physical activity.


Session 9 – Problem Solving. Participants practice using the five steps involved in solving a problem.


Session 10 – Four Keys to Healthy Eating Out. Participants discuss tips for making healthier choices when eating out and practice selecting and ordering meals that fit in their plan.


Session 11 – Talk Back to Negative Thoughts. In this session, participants practice recognizing when they use negative self-talk. Then, they practice talking back to those negative thoughts with more positive ones.


Session 12 – The Slippery Slope of Lifestyle Change. Participants practice identifying typical barriers that cause them to slip from their plan. Then they create action plans to recover from these slips.


Session 13 – Jump Start Your Activity Plan. This session has participants explore new activities they wish to try in order to avoid boredom in their physical activity routine.


Session 14 – Make Social Cues Work for You. This session allows participants to explore the way that other people affect their choices around eating and physical activity.


Session 15 – You Can Manage Stress. Participants recognize how stress affects their bodies and minds as well as their choices. They learn methods for both avoiding stress and coping with stress.


Session 16 – Ways to Stay Motivated. Participants discuss methods they will use to stay motivated to maintain the healthy habits they have worked to create.


Sessions 17-25 Cover These Topics:

Session 17 – Eating to Prevent Diabetes: Planning. This session helps participants plan meals and snacks that will help them achieve their program goals.


Session 18 – Staying Motivated to Keep Being Physically Active. Participants revisit the benefits of physical activity and strategies to stay active.


Session 19 – Maintaining Your Healthy Lifestyle. Participants recommit to their weight loss and physical activity goals and set new goals as appropriate.


Session 20 – Preventing Relapse – An Ounce of Prevention is Worth Pounds. This session helps participants understand the relapsing nature of behavior change and establish a plan for preventing or recovering from relapse.


Session 21 – Handling Holidays, Vacations, and Special Events. Participants discuss how to stay on their behavior change journey during times where they may face challenges to their progress.


Session 22 – Lifestyle Physical Activity. Participants revisit opportunities for increasing lifestyle physical activity during their daily routine.


Session 23 – Healthy Cooking. Participants explore tips on food preparation and recipe modification.


Session 24 – Variety and Balance in Your Dietary Intake. Participants revisit the food groups to help ensure variety and balance in their daily food intake.


Session 25 – Maintaining Behavior Change for Diabetes Prevention. Participants assess their progress and discuss time management as a strategy for making and maintaining behavior changes that will help prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.