Resources for Insurance Brokers and Consultants

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Below you will find information about the importance of type 2 diabetes prevention. This information includes resources and testimonials you can use to talk to your clients about preventing type 2 diabetes by offering the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) lifestyle change program as an employee benefit.

Type 2 diabetes is common, costly, and preventable.

About 38 million Americans—nearly 1 in 10—have diabetes. This number has more than doubled over the last 20 years. In addition, more than 1 in 3 US adults has prediabetes, a serious health condition where blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not yet high enough for a diabetes diagnosis.

The National DPP lifestyle change program helps people who are at risk prevent or delay type 2 diabetes, which lowers their risk of other serious health problems, such as heart disease and stroke.

The cost of diabetes is staggering.

The National DPP Lifestyle Change Program

The National DPP lifestyle change program follows a yearlong evidence-based curriculum and is led by a trained Lifestyle Coach. Participants learn new skills, set goals, and receive group support. Those who lose 5% to 7% of their body weight and add 150 minutes of exercise per week can reduce their risk of type 2 diabetes by up to 58% (71% for people 60 or older).

Resources for Talking to Clients About the National DPP

Start here. Use these step-by-step instructions to explain the benefits of the lifestyle change program to your clients.
Introduce the concept of the National DPP lifestyle change program through an introductory email. Then, use the talking points when you meet with clients.
Send this flyer to your clients in advance of your annual review to help them understand how they can save money by offering the National DPP lifestyle change program.
Input a client’s data to customize an infographic with the savings offered by the National DPP lifestyle change program.
Send this website link to employers that want additional resources.

By encouraging your clients to offer the National DPP as a covered benefit, you can help them:

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Increase employee productivity

by reducing absenteeism and increasing engagement in preventative care

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Manage costs

through lower health care spending and smaller premium increases

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Improve employee engagement and satisfaction

by offering a program with proven health benefits

See what employers are saying about their success with the National DPP:

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“We have been building employer partnerships to help bring the National DPP to more companies in our state. A recent collaboration between a surgical parts manufacturer, a regional hospital, and the YMCA enabled employees to participate in the National DPP even during the COVID-19 pandemic. By building communities of employers, employees, and National DPP providers, we have seen tremendous support for each other, which has been critical to reducing type 2 diabetes in our state.”

—Teirra Riggs, ABD, MS, is a diabetes prevention coordinator at the Indiana Department of Health who works with more than 30 Indiana-based companies to offer the National DPP lifestyle change program.

Learn more about offering the National DPP lifestyle change program from organizations that have had success, including The Dow Chemical Company, Latham & Watkins, and Iron Mountain.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2022. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services; 2022.

American Diabetes Association. Economic Costs of Diabetes in the U.S. in 2017. Diabetes Care 2018;41(5):917-928. Available from