What is the Diabetes Prevention’s Healthy Native Program?

The Cherokee Nation Diabetes Prevention Program established the Healthy Native course to prevent type 2 diabetes. It has been successful in Cherokee communities for the past 10 years. Research has shown that people who lose up to 7 percent of their body weight by making modest changes can reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58 percent. The Healthy Native course consists of 16 weekly group sessions and 6 monthly maintenance sessions focused on eating healthier, increasing your activity and losing weight. Sessions are facilitated by trained lifestyle coaches. For more information, please call 918-453-5000 or toll free at 1-800-256-0671.

Classes are available in select areas. Contact the Health Educator in the Cherokee Nation health center nearest you.

  • Jay: 918-253-4271
  • Muskogee: 918-781-6500
  • Salina: 918-434-8500
  • Sallisaw: 918-775-9150
  • Male Seminary Rec Center:918-453-5496
  • Stilwell: 918-696-8800
  • Tahlequah: 918-453-5000
  • Vinita Wellness Center: 918-256-4800

Who can join?

  • No diagnosis of diabetes
  • 18 years or older
  • Native American
  • Diagnosis of prediabetes OR
  • History of gestational diabetes OR
  • At risk for prediabetes
  • Your weight is more than the weight listed below for your height

Why should I join?

  • Lose weight
  • Your own personal lifestyle coach will provide one-on-one support
  • Receive tools to help reach your goals
  • Become healthier for yourself and family
  • Prevent diabetes and other diseases
  • There is no cost to participate!
  • Fill out the Eligibility Form and email it here.

Could I be at risk for prediabetes?

  • (Females) Have you had a baby weighing more than 9 lbs.?
  • Do you have a sister, brother or parent with diabetes?
  • Is your weight more than the weight listed above for your height?
  • Are you younger than 65 and get little to no exercise daily?
  • Are you between 45 and 65 years old?
  • Are you 65 years old or older?