About the National Diabetes Prevention Program

The CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program is a public-private partnership of community organizations, private insurers, employers, health care organizations, and government agencies. These partners are working together to establish local evidence-based lifestyle change programs for people at high risk for type 2 diabetes.

These evidence-based lifestyle change programs are based on the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) research study, which showed that type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed through modest lifestyle changes involving healthy eating and physical activity. 

The lifestyle change program is led by a trained facilitator called a Lifestyle Coach.  In the lifestyle change program, participants meet in a group with their Lifestyle Coach over the course of one year to work towards the goal of losing 5 to 7 percent of their starting body weight in order to reduce their risk for type 2 diabetes.  The program emphasizes improving food choices, being physically active for at least 150 minutes each week, and developing skills to identify and overcome barriers to making lifestyle changes.

Learn more about the National DPP on CDC’s website: http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/prevention/

The Diabetes Prevention Recognition Program (DPRP)
CDC's Diabetes Prevention Recognition Program (DPRP) assures that evidence-based lifestyle change programs are delivered at sites around the country in a high quality way. Learn more about the DPRP on CDC’s website: http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/prevention/

If you have questions about recognition, please email dprpask@cdc.gov

Become a Recognized Site
If your organization is interested in delivering the lifestyle change program, you can prepare by:

Again, if you have questions about recognition, you can email dprpask@cdc.gov.

The National DPP Lifestyle Change Program Curriculum
CDC collaborated with the Diabetes Training and Technical Assistance Center (DTTAC) and partners from Indiana University (Plan Forward) and the University of Pittsburgh (Group Life Balance) to develop the National DPP lifestyle change program curriculum. The curriculum was adapted from the original Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) research study materials for use in a group-based setting to be delivered on a national scale.  

The National DPP lifestyle change program is a year-long lifestyle change program which consists of weekly core sessions followed by monthly post-core sessions.

Months 1-6
The first 16 weekly sessions make up Months 1-6 (formerly known as the "core" phase) of the curriculum. It is designed to help participants develop lifelong skills for healthier living using a step-by-step approach. Participants learn basic skills related to healthier eating and physical activity, how to deal with elements in the external environment that may be standing in the way of lifestyle change, and how to sustain long-term change.

Months 7-12
Following Months 1-6, Months 7-12 (formerly known as the "post-core" phase) consist of at least six monthly sessions that provide additional support and learning opportunities for participants to help them maintain changes for a lifetime. These sessions provide additional information on many healthy lifestyle-related topics, and revisit key themes from Months 1-6 such as self-monitoring, goal setting, staying motivated, and overcoming barriers.

The Lifestyle Coach Facilitation Guide and the Participant Handouts for the year-long program are available for download on the CDC website: www.cdc.gov/diabetes/prevention

Note: There are more than one DPRP-approved curricula for the National Diabetes Prevention Program, but all contain the same essential, evidence-based elements.

Lifestyle Coach Training
The Lifestyle Coach’s ability to support participants, provide guidance, and facilitate group dynamics is key to the success of the evidence-based lifestyle change program. Proper training ensures that the critical elements of the program are delivered as designed, in order to give participants the tools they need to adopt life-long habits.

Learn more about Lifestyle Coach Training.



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National Registry of CDC Recognized Sites

CDC maintains a national registry of organization sites with pending and full recognition status.