Frequently Asked Questions

What is Fruit Street’s Diabetes Prevention Program?

Fruit Street’s DPP is a year-long telemedicine-based lifestyle change program delivered via weekly group video sessions. Each week you will meet with the same coach and group of participants who are on the same journey as you. 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 long is Fruit Street’s Diabetes Prevention Program?

Fruit Street’s DPP takes place over the course of one year. Classes are held once a week in the first six months of the program, and once a month in the second six months of the program.  Each class 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 coach know in advance if you need to miss a class so a makeup session can be scheduled.

Who is eligible for Fruit Street’s DPP?

Those diagnosed with prediabetes or those who are at risk for prediabetes based on the CDC’s risk assessment quiz are eligible to participate in Fruit Street’s DPP. To find out if you are at risk take the CDC’s risk assessment quiz found here.

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

You will login to Fruit Street at you assigned weekly class day and time to meet your coach and fellow group members. Your coach and the other participants will be visible on your screen, and you will be visible on their screen. You will be able to share and ask questions via live video discussion or by typing a message into the chat box. Your 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 contains between 5 and 10 participants.

How do I communicate with my coach?

Your will be able to interact live with your coach each week during class.  In between live group video sessions, you can message your coach using your fruit street application or computer. You will also be receiving 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 ask that you do the following three things to help you be successful:  

  1. Weigh yourself using your BodyTrace scale at least 3 times each week
  2. Log pictures of your food at least 5 times each week
  3. Wear your fitbit to ensure 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 for Iphone or Google Play for Android. To take a picture of your food, simply click on the food journal icon within the app and take a picture. Write a description of your foodin the text box next to the photo and press send.

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

We require that you attend class using your desktop or laptop computer, though you can take pictures of your food, message your coach and other group members, and track your physical activity using your mobile device.  We recommend you use a Windows 7/8/10 with an Intel Core i5 or i7 or Mac OS X 10.9 or newer on any Mac model 2010 or newer.

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