Did you know that 1 in 3 adults has prediabetes?

You may be at risk of developing type 2 diabetes and not even know it.

Lifestyle Change Program to Prevent Diabetes


Enrolling now for our Spring Cohort!


How can I avoid diabetes?

Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness in adults. Individuals who have diabetes are at a higher risk of developing certain eye diseases, many of which have no symptoms in their early stages. As part of our commitment to reducing rates of vision loss in our community, we are partnering with Chicago CARES to Prevent Diabetes to offer a free, online Diabetes Prevention Program. The first of its kind at The Chicago Lighthouse, this program will help you take meaningful steps to prevent type 2 diabetes through easy to learn lifestyle change.

Is this program right for you?

Having prediabetes means your blood glucose (sugar) level is higher than normal, but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. You may qualify for the program if you:

  • Would like to lose weight
  • Are physically active less than 3 times per week
  • Have a family history of type 2 diabetes
  • Have had gestational diabetes


Change is hard but we can help

Our year-long program offers you:

  • A LIFESTYLE COACH to guide and encourage you
  • ONLINE MEETINGS: join from the comfort of your own home
  • FUN FITNESS AND WELLNESS SESSIONS taught by qualified instructors
  • SKILLS AND INFORMATION to lose weight, be more active and manage stress
  • GROUP SUPPORT: bond with others who are on a similar journey
  • GIVEAWAYS to support you along the way

Accommodations for participants with disabilities are available. To see if you qualify for the program, click the button below to enter your contact information and a member of our team will reach out to you.

Meet the Team

This program will be led by The Chicago Lighthouse’s dedicated team of low vision researchers, who will be available throughout the program to assist you on your journey to a healthier life.


Patricia Grant smiling outsidePatricia Grant, Chicago Lighthouse Lauren M. Ross Chair in Low Vision Research and Vice President of Research

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Meesa Royster smilingMeesa Royster Program Coordinator

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Kara Crumbliss smilingKara Crumbliss, O.D., F.A.A.O. Clinical Champion

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To learn more about the free Diabetes Prevention Program at The Chicago Lighthouse, please contact (312) 447-3252 or Diabetes.Prevention@chicagolighthouse.org

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