Published on August 21, 2014
What is the National Diabetes Prevention Program lifestyle curriculum? The National Diabetes Prevention Program lifestyle training curriculum is based on the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP). The DPP was a clinical research study led by the National Institutes of Health and supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The one-year lifestyle program is divided into two components: Core Sessions: The 16, one-hour core sessions are focused on the process of adopting lifestyle changes for healthy eating, physical activity, problem solving, and stress reduction. These sessions are designed to help participants develop lifelong skills for healthy living and reinforce step-by-step change. Groups generally meet with their lifestyle coach each week at the same time and location. Post- Core Sessions: Following the core phase, participants attend one hour “post - core” sessions on a monthly basis. The post-core sessions are intended to provide additional support and learning opportunities to participants, and help them transition to independently maintaining their lifestyle changes. How does the lifestyle intervention help participants prevent type 2 diabetes? Prediabetes means a person has a blood glucose (blood sugar) level that is higher than normal but not high enough to be classified as diabetes. The CDC estimates that more than one third of adult Americans and half of all adults aged 65 years and older have prediabetes. People with prediabetes have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, which can lead to serious health problems like vision loss, lower limb amputations, and kidney disease. Studies have shown that people with prediabetes who lose a modest amount of weight (5 to 7 percent) and increase their physical activity to 150 minutes a week can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes. Participants in the program get help and support to make and sustain lifestyle changes needed to prevent type 2 diabetes. Who can offer lifestyle classes under the National Diabetes Prevention Program? Any organization including the following: Not-for-profit and community-based organizations. Companies/worksites. Faith-based organizations. Educational institutions. Health care facilities. Fitness and wellness centers.