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About the DPRP

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Diabetes Prevention Recognition Program (DPRP) is a key component of the National Diabetes Prevention Program. The purpose of the DPRP is to recognize programs that have shown that they can effectively deliver a lifestyle change program (lifestyle program) to prevent type 2 diabetes.

The DPRP has three key objectives:

  • To assure the quality, consistency, and broad dissemination of the lifestyle intervention.
  • To develop and maintain a registry of organizations that are recognized for their ability to deliver an effective lifestyle program to people at high risk for type 2 diabetes.
  • To provide technical assistance to organizations that have applied for recognition to help them deliver an effective lifestyle program and achieve and maintain recognition status.

The lifestyle program consists of the following:

  • A 16-session “core” lifestyle change class (lifestyle class) for participants.
    • The class is taught by a trained “lifestyle coach.”
    • It follows an approved curriculum that has been shown to work and contains all of the elements included in the original Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) Lifestyle Curriculum.
  • At least six “post-core” follow-up sessions.
  • For evaluation of performance, programs recognized by the DPRP submit reports to the DPRP every 6 months with data on participants’ progress in their classes.

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The recognition program helps to assure that classes offered by local programs are based on the proven elements in the curriculum and are consistent throughout the United States. This consistent quality could help an individual deciding whether to participate, a health care professional considering whether to refer a patient, or an insurance provider considering whether to pay for the program.

The DPRP assures that the lifestyle classes offered by local organizations meet quality standards. DPRP also ensures that an organization reports in detail on how well it is doing in helping participants lose weight and improve their lifestyle habits. The CDC Diabetes Prevention Recognition Program Standards and Operating Procedures (DPRP Standards) spells out the requirements for the lifestyle programs, which are based on the successful U.S. Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) research trial.

The Diabetes Prevention Program research trial was led by the National Institutes of Health and cosponsored by CDC. It was the largest clinical trial of a lifestyle intervention for prevention of type 2 diabetes ever conducted. Individuals who participated in the lifestyle classes in the DPP study were 58% less likely to develop type 2 diabetes.

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