Requirements for CDC Recognition

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. View the list of topics covered in the CDC-approved PreventT2 curriculumCdc-pdf.
  • 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 about the staffing and training requirements for running a CDC-recognized lifestyle change program, or read the complete standards for recognition in the 2018 CDC Recognition Program Standards and Operating Procedures Cdc-pdf[PDF – 873 KB].

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Page last reviewed: December 10, 2018