Frequently Asked Questions

What is Fruit Street’s Diabetes Prevention Program?

Fruit Street’s Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) is an interactive telemedicine-based lifestyle change program delivered via live group video sessions. You and a group of participants will meet 26 times over the course of a year with the same registered dietitian lifestyle coach. Using a science backed curriculum developed by the CDC, your coach will educate and facilitate interactive discussions among you and your fellow group members. With the support of your coach and fellow group members, you will make small, incremental changes in your eating and physical activity to improve your health and prevent diabetes.

How many months is Fruit Street’s Diabetes Prevention Program?

Fruit Street’s DPP is a year-long program focused on long-term changes and lasting results. Sessions are once a week in the first three months of the program, then transition to every two weeks, and eventually every four weeks, as the program progresses. Each session is one hour long. A year might sound like a long commitment, but learning new habits, gaining new skills, and building confidence takes time! As you begin to eat better and become more active, you’ll notice changes in how you feel, and maybe even in how you look.

What if I have to miss a class?

We understand that you may not be able to make every class. Please let your lifestyle coach know in advance if you need to miss a class and alternative arrangements will be made.

Who is eligible for Fruit Street’s DPP?

Anyone who is either diagnosed with prediabetes, or at risk of developing prediabetes (based on the CDC’s risk assessment quiz) is eligible to participate in Fruit Street’s DPP. To find out if you are at risk, take the CDC’s assessment quiz found here.

What can I expect on my first day of the program?

On your first day, log into on your computer, or through the Fruit Street app on your mobile device, and select “start my appointment” to meet your registered dietitian lifestyle coach and fellow group members. You will be able to see and hear everyone on your screen, and you will be visible on theirs. You will be able to share and ask questions via live video discussion or by typing a message into the chat box. Your registered dietitian lifestyle coach will introduce you to the program and answer any questions you have during the first class.

How Many Participants are in a Group?

Each class has between 5 and 20 participants.

How do I communicate with my lifestyle coach?

You will be able to interact live with your registered dietitian lifestyle coach each week during class. In-between live group video sessions, you can message your coach using your Fruit Street mobile app or computer. You also will receive feedback in the form of comments in your food journal as you log your meals and snacks. You can respond to these messages anytime to maintain an ongoing discussion with your coach in-between classes.

What is required of me during the program?

In addition to attending class each week, we suggest that you do the following three things to help you be successful in Fruit Street’s program:

  1. Weigh yourself using your BodyTrace scale at least once a week.

  2. Log pictures of your food daily.

  3. Log your physical activity in Fruit street portal at least once a week and, once you get your Fitbit, wear it!  This will ensure that your daily physical activity is logged.

This information will be explained and reinforced by your coach when you start the program.

How do I take pictures of my food?

You will use Fruit Street’s mobile application to take pictures of your food. The app can be downloaded in the iTunes app store on iPhone, or Google Play Store on Android. To take a picture of your food, simply click the camera icon on the top right corner of the screen and take a picture. Write a description of your food in the text box next to the photo and press “upload.”

What are the technology requirements for participation in Fruit Street’s DPP?

We suggest attending class using your desktop or laptop computer, though you may also join via a wifi-connected tablet or mobile device.  If you do not have Internet access you may call into class using a cell phone or landline which will allow you to participate in class with audio only.  A mobile device is necessary to take pictures of your food for the food journal. We recommend you use Windows 7/8/10 with an Intel Core i5 or i7, or Mac OS X 10.9 or newer on any Mac models 2010 or newer.

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