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Requirements for CDC Recognition

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To ensure high quality and impact, CDC sets standards for organizations that wish to offer an in-person or online lifestyle change program.

Standards for CDC Recognition

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CDC-recognized lifestyle change programs feature a CDC-approved curriculum and a trained lifestyle coach to help participants make lasting healthy changes.

To gain CDC recognition, your organization must show that it can meet CDC standards and effectively deliver a proven diabetes prevention lifestyle change program.

Standards for CDC recognition include:

  • Use of a CDC-approved curriculum. You can use a curriculum developed by CDC, or you can develop your own or use that of another organization (with permission), as long as CDC approves it.
  • Ability to begin offering the lifestyle program within 6 months of receiving approval from CDC.
  • Capacity and commitment to deliver the program over at least 1 year, including at least 16 sessions during the first 6 months and at least 6 sessions during the last 6 months.
  • Ability to submit data on participants’ progress – including attendance, weight loss, and physical activity – every 6 months.
  • Trained lifestyle coaches who can help build participants’ skills and confidence to make lasting lifestyle changes.
  • Designated individual(s) to serve as the diabetes prevention program coordinator.

In addition, the recognition program requires that at least 35% of participants be diagnosed with prediabetes through blood testing (or have a history of gestational diabetes).

Learn more about the standards for recognition in the 2018 CDC Recognition Program Standards and Operating Procedures [PDF – 873 KB].

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