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What Is the National DPP?

Cut your type 2 Diabetes risk in half

National Diabetes Prevention program – or National DPP – is a partnership of public and private organizations working to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.

The partners work to make it easier for people with prediabetes to participate in evidence-based, affordable, and high-quality lifestyle change programs to reduce their risk of type 2 diabetes and improve their overall health.

Check out our National DPP Infographic.

A Framework for Prevention

The National DPP provides a framework for diabetes prevention efforts. It brings together partners from the public and private sectors to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes in the United States. Partners include:

  • Federal agencies
  • State and local health departments
  • National and community organizations
  • Employers
  • Public and private insurers
  • Health care professionals
  • University community education programs
  • Businesses that focus on wellness


Check out the National DPP Infographic.

Read the Congressional language establishing the National DPP.

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Goals of the National DPP

The National DPP works to make it easier for people with prediabetes to participate in affordable, high-quality lifestyle change programs to reduce their risk of type 2 diabetes and improve their overall health.

Through the National DPP, partner organizations:

  • Deliver CDC-recognized lifestyle change programs nationwide
  • Ensure quality and adherence to proven standards
  • Train community organizations that can run the lifestyle change program effectively
  • Increase referrals to and participation in CDC-recognized lifestyle change programs
  • Increase coverage by employers and public and private insurers

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Key Component: The Lifestyle Change Program

A badge for CDC-recognized lifestyle change programs

Participating in a CDC-recognized lifestyle change program can cut your risk of type 2 diabetes in half.

A key part of the National DPP is the lifestyle change program to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. Hundreds of lifestyle change programs nationwide teach participants to make lasting lifestyle changes, like eating healthier, adding physical activity into their daily routine, and improving coping skills.

To ensure high quality, CDC recognizes lifestyle change programs that meet certain standards and show they can achieve results. These standards include following an approved curriculum, facilitation by a trained lifestyle coach, and submitting data every 6 months to show that the program is having an impact.

To find out more about CDC-recognized lifestyle change programs to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes, visit Research-Based Prevention Program.

Go to Find a Program to search for a local or online CDC-recognized lifestyle change program.

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Partnerships in Action

One of the efforts under the National DPP is Prevent Diabetes STAT, an initiative with the American Medical Association (AMA) to increase referrals by health care providers to CDC-recognized lifestyle change programs. Learn more about Prevent Diabetes STAT.

In addition, since 9 out of 10 people with prediabetes don’t know they have it, CDC has partnered with AMA and the American Diabetes Association to begin a nationwide public awareness campaign.

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Tuomilehto J, Lindstrom J, Eriksson J, et al.; Finnish Diabetes Prevention Study Group. Prevention of type 2 diabetes mellitus by changes in lifestyle among subjects with impaired glucose tolerance. N Engl J Med 2001; 344:1343–1350. Available from