National Diabetes Prevention Program Retention Tool for Coaches

Lifestyle coaches for type 2 diabetes prevention lifestyle change programs help motivate participants to stick with the program and reach their health goals. This new web-based resource is designed to be there for participants when you can’t be. It will help them keep their commitments and feel encouraged.

On this page, you will find a user guide and planning worksheet to help you best use the Retention Tool. You will also find the links to the eight retention tool modules.

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User Guide and Planning Worksheet

The user guide will walk you through the steps for using the retention tool to support your participants. Use the planning worksheet to determine when to send each retention tool module.

Retention Tool Modules

Share the links to the interactive motivational modules with your class participants after the appropriate sessions to keep participants engaged.

Commit to Change module
Send the link to this module after the first session. The module contains testimonial videos and information about the program’s efficacy, tailored to the participant’s age group. It ends with a pledge that the participant can create with their own personal goals and then sign and print. You also have the option to send a link Pledge 1 by itself.

Get Active module
Send the link to this module after the “Get Active” session. This module contains a quiz, suggested physical activities based on the participant’s preferences, and tailored feedback on the participant’s activity level and readiness to change.

Activity Tracking module
Send the link to this module after the “Track Your Activity” session. This module contains concrete steps that encourage participants to track physical activity and options to select everyday activities to meet the weekly 150-minute physical activity goal.

Eat Well module
Send the link to this module after the “Eat Well” session. This module includes reminders of steps to adopt better eating habits, responses to participants’ excuses for not eating healthier, and tips for choosing healthier food at home or out.

Food Tracking module
Send the links to this module and pledge after the “Track Your Food” session. This module includes a rationale for keeping a food log to double weight loss and a tool to choose a personalized way to improve food tracking. Participants can create a new personalized pledge to stay committed to their goals. You also have the option to send a link Pledge 2 by itself.

Support module
Send the link to this module after the “Get Support” session. This module contains suggestions for how to find social support for positive changes and a Support Action Plan that participants can tailor and print.

Stay Motivated module
Send the links to this module and pledge after the “Stay Motivated to PreventT2” session. This module includes tailored suggested for steps to stay motivated and ideas for beating self-defeating thoughts. Participants can create a new personalized pledge to stay committed to their goals. You also have the option to send a link Pledge 3 by itself.

Check In and Keep Going module
Send the link to this module several weeks after the end of the 16 weekly sessions. This module includes habits of people who reach their goals, reminders to continue tracking and seeking support, and an encouraging send-off.

Page last reviewed: September 23, 2018