Becoming a Lifestyle Change Program Provider

Key points

  • The National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) lifestyle change program is an evidence-based way to reduce someone's risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
  • Learn how your organization can offer the National DPP lifestyle change program.
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Why deliver the lifestyle change program?

About 1 out of 3 American adults has prediabetes, a serious health condition that increases the risk of heart attack, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. Fortunately, type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed. The National DPP lifestyle change program can help people prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.

Science-based program

Studies have shown that people with prediabetes who take part in a structured lifestyle change program can improve their health outcomes. This can be achieved by losing 5% to 7% of their body weight through healthier eating and 150 minutes of physical activity per week. Evidence has shown that the lifestyle change program can cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58% (71% for people over 60 years old).

In addition, lifestyle change programs can reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke associated with prediabetes and improve participants' overall health.

CDC monitors and evaluates programs to ensure quality and provides feedback on data submitted so you can make improvements if needed. Because the CDC-recognized programs are so effective, some employers and insurers offer them as covered benefits.

Read more details about the lifestyle change program.

Benefits to your organization

Complement your current work

If your organization already works to improve the health of your community, the National DPP lifestyle change program is a natural addition. It's a great way to expand your reach in the community.

Increase visibility and credibility

CDC's website lists all organizations recognized to deliver the lifestyle change program. When someone searches for a program in your area, your organization will be included. This can bring increased visibility to your organization and its programs.

The science behind the program and its association with CDC also adds credibility. People will know you're offering a trusted program, which can help to enroll participants and get referrals from health care professionals.

Join the national prevention effort

Your organization will join thousands of others across the country that are recognized by CDC to deliver the lifestyle change program, in-person or online.

You'll also be part of the largest national effort to mobilize and prevent type 2 diabetes across the country. By offering the program, you'll join the partnership of federal and state organizations, universities, health care professionals, community organizations, and more.

Getting started

Is your organization ready to offer the program? Before applying to offer the CDC-recognized Diabetes Prevention Program, consider your organization's capacity to provide resources and effectively deliver the program.

Review the assessment questions before submitting an application.

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