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The National Diabetes Prevention Program encourages collaboration among federal agencies, community-based organizations, employers, insurers, health care professionals, academia, and other stakeholders to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes among people with prediabetes in the United States.

The inaugural partners of the National Diabetes Prevention Program were the YMCA and UnitedHealth Group. These partners were instrumental in starting the national program and continue to expand the reach of this evidence-based lifestyle program. CDC is enthusiastic about other organizations becoming involved in the National Diabetes Prevention Program. Most recently, Viridian Health Management, Inc. has agreed to partner with CDC and others to expand the reach of the program.

The CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program is an evidence-based lifestyle change program for preventing type 2 diabetes.

  • It can help people 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% of their body weight—that is 10 to 14 pounds for a 200-pound person.
  • These lifestyle changes reduced the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58% in people with prediabetes.
  • Participants work with a lifestyle coach in a group setting to receive a 1-year lifestyle change program that includes 16 core sessions (usually 1 per week) and 6 post-core sessions (1 per month).

Explore this site to learn more about prediabetes and how to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. Get ready to make a change for life!

The National Diabetes Prevention Program teaches participants strategies for incorporating physical activity into daily life and eating healthy. Lifestyle coaches work with participants to identify emotions and situations that can sabotage their success, and the group process encourages participants to share strategies for dealing with challenging situations.

Learn more about how the National Diabetes Prevention Program can help you reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

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Funded Organizations

Overview

CDC awarded $6.75 million in grants under Prevention and Public Health Funds (PPHF) 2012—National Diabetes Prevention Program: Preventing Type 2 Diabetes Among People at High Risk. These funds will expand the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) to help establish a network of structured, evidence-based lifestyle change program designed to prevent type 2 diabetes among people at high risk. Funding was awarded to six organizations on the basis of the number of qualified applicants, the scope of the proposals, and the geographic reach.

Partnerships developed with these awards will help CDC reach large numbers of people with prediabetes (those at high-risk for type 2 diabetes) by expanding the National DPP network of organizations offering the program. Grantees will offer a lifestyle change program consistent with the Diabetes Prevention Recognition Program Standards and Operating Procedures. Funded organizations will provide information to employers about offering the lifestyle change program as a covered health benefit for employees. They will also work with third-party payers, including public and private health insurance companies, to facilitate performance-based reimbursement directly to organizations delivering the lifestyle change program.

Get e-mail updates about the National DPP from CDC.

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Grantee Profiles

The American Association for Diabetes Educators

The American Association for Diabetes Educators (AADE) will work with its diverse membership of health care professionals to offer lifestyle change programs in states with high rates of diabetes. During the 4-year period, the organization plans to make programs available in Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia. Learn more about the AADE.

America’s Health Insurance Plans

America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), a national trade association representing the health insurance industry will work with member health plans—Aetna, EmblemHealth, Florida Blue, and Molina Healthcare to offer lifestyle change programs in Florida, New Mexico, New York, and Texas. Those programs will focus on groups that have a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes, including African Americans, Hispanics, and women who developed diabetes while pregnant (gestational diabetes). Learn more about the AHIP.

Black Women’s Health Imperative

Black Women's Health Imperative will establish lifestyle change programs in California, Indiana, and Michigan, Missouri and Virginia to reach persons most at risk for type 2 diabetes, including African American and Hispanic women. The organization works to develop community-based strategies to improve lives by improving health. Learn more about the Black Women’s Health Imperative.

National Association of Chronic Disease Directors

The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors will work with their partners to expand the National Diabetes Prevention Program in several states. The nonprofit professional association supports public health programs to prevent and control chronic disease. Learn more about the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors.

OptumHealth Care Solutions

OptumHealth Care Solutions will establish partnerships with employers and insurers to pay for enrollment in lifestyle change programs and to serve as a third-party claims administrator to make the program available to participants at little or no cost. In the first year of the agreement, it will establish new program delivery networks in Colorado, New Mexico, Southern California, Tennessee, and Washington, continuing its Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance outreach efforts. OptumHealth also will continue to raise awareness of prediabetes and the National Diabetes Prevention Program through its Not Me campaign. Learn more about the OptumHealth Care Solutions' primary prevention efforts.

YMCA of the USA

YMCA of the USA will expand its offering of lifestyle change programs at little or no cost to participants. The YMCA will train additional lifestyle coaches to lead programs, and will support new programs in up to 11 new communities. Over the past two years, the Y Diabetes Prevention Program has worked closely with CDC and the Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance to offer the program to nearly 6,000 participants at 68 Ys across 30 states. Learn more about the YMCA's primary prevention efforts.

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