Testimonials From Program Providers

Key points

The National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) lifestyle change program helps people prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. Program coordinators and Lifestyle Coaches have plenty of positive things to say about their experiences.

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Laura Aden, Program Coordinator

"I truly believe we are helping in a small way to change people’s lives. We get to see how they are continuing to make changes in the way they’re eating and moving… Our program team is very collaborative; our group of Lifestyle Coaches meets before class and we talk about what’s working, what challenges have come up; we share best practices and ideas."

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Laura Aden, Program Coordinator, Kearney Family YMCA

Dr. Brooke Hudspeth, Program Coordinator

"One participant came in for her scheduled session and reported she had gone to see her doctor for a follow-up earlier in the week. After taking her weight, A1C and other labs, he came back into the room with a big smile on his face. He told her that he had fully intended to start her on medication at that visit to manage her blood sugar; however, after seeing her positive results, he no longer needed to do so! This patient had a primary goal at the beginning of our program to be able to stay off medication and avoid diabetes. To say she was happy about this result would be an understatement."

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Dr. Brooke Hudspeth, Program Coordinator, Kroger's Diabetes Self-Management Education Program and the Diabetes Prevention Program

Cynthia Oredugba, Lifestyle Coach

"I have seen enthusiasm and hope from program participants, and each week as little steps are taken, I see more buy-in. I like the lifestyle change program because of the group participation; emphasis on making small steps to build people’s confidence; and nonjudgmental, supportive environment."

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Cynthia Oredugba, Lifestyle Coach

Ricky Sewell, Lifestyle Coach

"I love my work as a Lifestyle Coach and the teachable moments the lifestyle change program offers to participants. I’m also a huge fan of its evidence-based approach. It’s the gold standard for lifestyle change to prevent type 2 diabetes, and it’s great to be a part of that. It’s wonderful to see how the program inspires people to live a healthier life!"

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Ricky Sewell, Lifestyle Coach

Ready to take action?‎

If you think your organization is ready to offer the National DPP lifestyle change program, visit the National DPP Customer Service Center for more detailed technical information.