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RESET: Small Steps, Big Change

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New RESET: Small Steps, Big Change Classes!

Enrollment is open for both in-person and virtual classes. For questions or to register, contact the Program Coordinator at 850-595-6500 x1821.

RESET: Small Steps, Big Change Program Features

  • Trained lifestyle coach
  • CDC-approved curriculum
  • Group support
  • Year-long program meets weekly for 6 months, then 1–2 times a month

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Did you score a 5 or higher on the quiz?  

A score of 5 or higher means you are at a higher risk of developing prediabetes. Contact the RESET: Small Steps, Big Change Program at the Florida Department of Health in Escambia County today to learn how you can cut your risk of type 2 diabetes by more than half. Call (850) 595-6500 x 1821 to find out more! 

Ask about our virtual class offerings.


What is the RESET: Small Steps, Big Change Program? 

RESET Small Steps Big Change logoRESET: Small Steps, Big Change is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It is proven to help people who have prediabetes or are at risk for type 2 diabetes, prevent or delay development of type 2 diabetes.

What Is the Format of RESET: Small Steps, Big Change? 

RESET: Small Steps, Big Change lasts for one year. Groups meet weekly for the first 6 months, then once or twice a month for the second 6 months to maintain healthy lifestyle changes. During each session, your lifestyle coach will teach a lesson and lead a group discussion.

In this lifestyle change program, you will learn to:

  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Add physical activity to your routine
  • Lose weight and maintain a healthy weight for life
  • Manage stress
  • Understand and respond to your food cues
  • Stay motivated
  • Solve problems and overcome challenges that get in the way of making healthy changes

For more information about RESET: Small Steps, Big Change Curriculum, go to

To hear testimonials about their successes from former program participants, visit
  • What Is the Benefit of Being Part of RESET: Small Steps, Big Change?
  • Where Can I Participate in RESET: Small Steps, Big Change?
  • Does RESET: Small Steps, Big Change Work?
  • What Is Type 2 Diabetes?
  • What Is Prediabetes?
  • Am I at Risk for Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes?
  • Can I Prevent Type 2 Diabetes?
  • Your RESET: Small Steps, Big Change Lifestyle Coach

As part of a RESET group, you will work with other participants and a trained lifestyle coach to learn the skills you need to make lasting changes. These changes include losing a modest amount of weight, being more physically active, and managing stress.

Being part of a group provides support from other people who are facing similar challenges and trying to make the same changes you are. Together you can celebrate successes and find ways to overcome obstacles.

Free classes will be offered at the:

Florida Department of Health in Escambia County
1295 West Fairfield Drive
Pensacola, Florida, 32501

Call 850-595-6500 x1821 for class schedule information.

The RESET: Small Steps, Big Change program can help people with prediabetes cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes in half. The Diabetes Prevention Program research study showed that making modest behavior changes helped participants lose 5 to 7 percent of their body weight — that is 10 to 14 pounds for a person weighing 200 pounds. These lifestyle changes reduced the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58% in people with prediabetes.

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. Most of the food we eat is turned into glucose, or sugar, for our bodies to use for energy. The pancreas, an organ that lies near the stomach, makes a hormone called insulin to help glucose get into the cells of our bodies. When you have type 2 diabetes, your body can’t use its own insulin as well as it should. This causes sugar to build up in your blood.

Type 2 diabetes is a serious condition. It can lead to health issues such as heart attack; stroke; blindness; kidney failure; or loss of toes, feet, or legs.

Prediabetes is a blood glucose (sugar) level that is higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. One in three American adults has prediabetes, and most do not even know they have it. If you have prediabetes and do not lose weight or do moderate physical activity, you can develop type 2 diabetes within 5 years.

You are at increased risk for developing prediabetes and type 2 diabetes if you:

  • Are 45 years of age or older;
  • Are overweight;
  • Have a family history of type 2 diabetes;
  • Are physically active fewer than three times per week; or
  • Ever had diabetes while pregnant (gestational diabetes) or gave birth to a baby that weighed more than 9 pounds.

If you think you may be at risk, a health care provider can do a blood test to see if you have diabetes or prediabetes.

Yes! Hearing your doctor say, “You’re at risk for type 2 diabetes,” or “You have prediabetes,” means that you can start preventing type 2 diabetes today. And you do not have to do it alone. Finding the RESET: Small Steps, Big Change program was your first step on that journey. If you have prediabetes, now is the time for prevention. Flordia Department of Health in Escambia County's RESET: Small Steps, Big Change lifestyle change program can help you take charge of your health to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.

RESET: Small Steps, Big Change lifestyle coaches have the experience and training to help you reach your goals. Your lifestyle coach will help you:

  • Learn the facts about healthy eating and physical activity and explain how these behaviors will help reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes
  • Set and meet your goals
  • Build relationships with other participants
  • Work as a group to meet challenges

Our Lifestyle Coaches come from a variety of professional backgrounds; including Health Coaches and Registered Dietitians. Your lifestyle coach will adapt the sessions to match your group’s background, interests, and needs. For example, your coach may: 

  • Show you how to prepare healthy versions of popular local or ethnic foods and ask for ideas from group members 
  • Provide tips for eating healthy during cultural holidays or events 
  • Share fun local events that can help you be physically active 
  • Give you handouts to address your specific concerns 
"RESET: Small Steps, Big Change" is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)."


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