Who is the Right Person in Your Organization to be Trained as a Lifestyle Coach?


Lifestyle Coaches are trained facilitators who deliver evidence-based lifestyle change programs at CDC-recognized sites. The success of the lifestyle change program relies heavily on the dynamics between the Lifestyle Coach and the participants working together as a group.


As the facilitator for the program sessions, the Lifestyle Coach fulfills several key roles:


  • Providing information and support
  • Leveraging group dynamics by facilitating and fostering relationships with and among participants
  • Providing guidance in setting goals, identifying and overcoming barriers
  • Delivering the evidence-based curriculum as it was designed


Lifestyle Coaches are responsible for leading sessions, conducting regular weigh-ins, reviewing participant self-monitoring records, and submitting data to the CDC in conjunction with their site coordinator. They should be trained in the lifestyle change program curriculum and possess strong interpersonal and group facilitation skills.  Lifestyle Coaches do not need to be health care professionals; they must be effective facilitators and support the group process as it relates to behavior change.


Suggested Qualifications

  • Knowledge of the principles of behavior change and group facilitation
  • Ability to communicate effectively with individuals and in front of a small group
  • Ability to build relationships with individuals and create community within a group
  • Ability to guide behavior change without prescribing personal actions or solutions
  • Ability to work with a diverse group of people of varying ages, ethnicities, life experiences, etc.
  • Active listening skills
  • Enthusiasm and a positive attitude
  • Knowledge of basic health, nutrition, and fitness principles


This document provides a more detailed Lifestyle Coach Job Description.  Sometimes Lifestyle Coaches also serve as their organization's Diabetes Prevention Coordinator.  This document provides a more detailed Diabetes Prevention Coordinator Job Description.



Training Is Important


In order for the lifestyle change program to be a success, it is very important that an organization's Lifestyle Coaches be skilled in group facilitation and have a complete understanding of the content, tools, and strategies used in the National Diabetes Prevention Program curriculum.  Having Lifestyle Coaches who are properly trained helps ensure that the evidence-based content is delivered as it was intended, and that in each session there is a balance between providing information and fostering the peer-to-peer dynamic that is so vital to the success of this evidence-based program.


DTTAC’s Lifestyle Coach Training is a dynamic, interactive, 2-day, in-person training that gives Lifestyle Coaches the skills, knowledge, and experience they need to facilitate the lifestyle change program.  Learn more about DTTAC Lifestyle Coach Training and contact DTTAC at for more information.



DTTAC Emory University

March 27, 2014



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Story From the Field - Tanner Health System

UDPATE: Tanner Health System, a nonprofit hospital system in west Georgia, is offering 22 National DPP lifestyle change programs in 2014.

Comments or articles posted on this website do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or Emory University.