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.

Diabetes Prevention Program

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. In our commitment to reducing rates of vision loss in our community, we are proud to partner 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.

Am I at risk of diabetes?

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

  • Are 45 or older
  • Are overweight
  • Have had gestational diabetes
  • Are physically active less than 3 times a week
  • Have a family history of type 2 diabetes


How will this program help me?

This free, year-long program will help you make small yet effective changes to cut your risk of developing diabetes in half by offering:

  • A trained lifestyle coach to guide and encourage you
  • Resources you need to lose weight, be more active, and manage stress
  • Support from other participants with the same goals
  • Weekly virtual meetings for the first 6 months, and monthly meetings for the remaining 6 months

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. Accommodations for participants with disabilities are available.

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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Aisha Kassim smilingAisha Kassim, MPHLifestyle Coach

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Meesa Royster smilingMeesa RoysterProgram 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 Aisha Kassim at (312) 447-3254 or aisha.kassim@chicagolighthouse.org.

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