The prevalence of type 2 diabetes continues to rise at an alarming rate in the United States.  Increased risk of diabetes is observed for most ethnic minority and lower socioeconomic status groups.

Several clinical trials have tested intensive lifestyle interventions in preventing or delaying type 2 diabetes.  Uniformly, these lifestyle intervention trials show impressive diabetes risk. Translation of this knowledge into interventions delivered in real world settings is thus a major priority.  Although several translational interventions for delivery in clinical settings are available, few have been designed for delivery in community settings.


We conducted a randomized controlled trial to compare a low-intensity lifestyle intervention program group to a wait-list control group.  This was a collaborative project between the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and the City of Berkeley Division of Public Health through its Chronic Disease Prevention Program.

Timeframe and Funding

Outreach and recruitment/participant randomization: July 2006 – July 2008; Participant follow-up: December 2006 – August 2009.

This project was funded by a translational research grant (R18 DK067896) from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.