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Indiana State Department of Health

Chronic Disease > Diabetes Prevention & Control Program > Community Based Programs Community Based Programs

'Diabetes Education Empowerment Program'

The Diabetes Education Empowerment Program (DEEP) was developed to provide community residents with the tools to better manage their diabetes in order to reduce complications and lead healthier, longer lives. *Spanish Speaking Focused*

Implemented throughout the State by Minority Health Coalitions, local health departments, and health care organizations.

  • Learn more about DEEP

'Diabetes Prevention Program'

The DPP designed by the Indiana University School of Medicine, to aid in the prevention of diabetes to those at-risk individuals who are considered to have prediabetes. The program is led by certified DPP instructors and meets for 16-weeks in a group setting where personal lifestyle goals are set for each individual.

The two major goals of the DPP lifestyle intervention are:

  • Reduce and maintain individual weight loss by 5% - 7% through basic nutrition education
  • To increase physical activity to 150 minutes per week

Currently implemented by the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis, the YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne, the YMCA of Monroe County, the YMCA of Southwestern Indiana, the YMCA of Michiana and the Kosciusko Community YMCA .

  • Learn more about DPP


This evidence-based exercise program helps older adults at all levels of fitness become more active, energized, and empowered to sustain independent lives.  Based on solid research and tested at over 400 sites around the country, EnhanceFitness focuses on stretching, flexibility, balance, low impact aerobics, and strength training exercises — everything health professionals say that people need to maintain health and function as they grow older.

Implemented throughout the State administered by 12 of the 16 Area Agencies on Aging (AAA).

'Living a Healthy Life'

The 'Living a Healthy Life/CDSMP' is a workshop given two and a half hours, once a week, for six weeks, in community settings such as senior centers, churches, libraries and hospitals that is evidence-based. People with different chronic health problems attend together. Workshops are facilitated by two trained leaders, one or both of whom are non-health professionals with a chronic diseases themselves.  

Implemented throughout the State administered by the 16 Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) and Minority Health Coalitions.