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Help Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

You can help your employees or insured members prevent type 2 diabetes by offering CDC-recognized lifestyle change programs as a covered benefit.

Reverse the Trend: CDC-Recognized Diabetes Prevention Lifestyle Change Programs

Years of research show that a year-long, structured lifestyle change intervention reduced the incidence of diabetes by 58% among adults with prediabetes and by 71% in those aged 60 years or older.

CDC-recognized diabetes prevention lifestyle change programs are based on that science, and they are part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, or National DPP—a nationwide effort to reverse the trend of prediabetes and type 2 diabetes in the United States.

For more information on the national effort to prevent type 2 diabetes, visit What Is the National DPP?

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What Makes CDC-Recognized Programs Different?

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CDC-recognized lifestyle change programs use trained coaches and group support to keep participants engaged.

You can trust that your employees will get a high-quality experience that has impact, no matter which in-person or online CDC-recognized lifestyle change program they choose. CDC reviews each program to ensure it uses an approved curriculum and meets certain standards [PDF - 727KB]; CDC also monitors program progress and impact.

CDC-recognized lifestyle change programs are more than weight loss programs. The programs are tailored to people at high risk for type 2 diabetes and encourage sustained, meaningful engagement through trained lifestyle coaches and group support.

Your employees will learn to do the following:

  • Make better food choices.
  • Fit physical activity into their schedule.
  • Cope with stress.
  • Solve problems that get in the way of their goals.

In one study of a program that has served more than 26,800 participants, about 9 out of 10 participants reported increased physical activity, reduced portion sizes, and improved health after 16 weeks with the program. By the end of the year-long program, participants had lost an average of 5.7% of their body weight. Several other studies have also shown weight loss in a similar range, including an average weight loss of 4.8% among participants in an online lifestyle change program.

To find out more about CDC-recognized lifestyle change programs, visit Lifestyle Change Program Details.

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