Other Curricula: Getting Approval

At a glance

Your organization must use an approved curriculum that meets CDC requirements for recognition. Newly developed curricula must be submitted to CDC for review and approval before use.

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Curriculum requirements

CDC-recognized organizations are encouraged to use an existing CDC-approved curriculum, such as PreventT2, to deliver the lifestyle change program.

However, organizations can develop an alternate curriculum based on the specific needs of a population or that uses innovative approaches. Alternate curricula must meet National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) and Diabetes Prevention Recognition Program (DPRP) Standards. Visit the National DPP Customer Service Center for more information on standards.

All curricula used by CDC-recognized organizations to deliver the lifestyle change program must be backed by science and:

  • Emphasize the overarching goal of preventing type 2 diabetes.
  • Focus on making lasting lifestyle changes, rather than simply completing the curriculum.
  • Build up to moderate changes in diet and physical activity that lead to 5% to 7% weight loss in the first 6 months.
  • Discuss strategies for self-monitoring of diet and physical activity, building participant self-efficacy and social support to maintain lifestyle changes, and problem-solving to overcome common weight loss, physical activity, and healthy eating challenges.
  • Weigh participants at each session.
  • Provide participant materials to support program goals.

Your DPRP recognition status is not dependent on your choice of curriculum, as long as you use one that is CDC approved.

See these guidelines for submitting an alternate curriculum for approval. To find out more about the approved PreventT2 curriculum, see these FAQs.