Prevent T2 Frequently Asked Questions

The PreventT2 curriculum, launched in March 2016, is based on the original 2002 Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) trial and follow-up studies for the prevention of type 2 diabetes (T2). This curriculum still promotes modest weight loss (5%-7% of current weight if overweight or obese) and increased physical activity through a 12-month lifestyle change program. The curriculum also reflects new literature on self-efficacy, physical activity, and diet.

CDC wanted to provide an approved curriculum at no cost to increase the number of organizations offering the lifestyle change programs. The original CDC curriculum is still valid, as are other curricula that have been approved by the CDC’s Diabetes Prevention Recognition Program (DPRP). The PreventT2 curriculum is an additional curriculum option that meets the current Standards.

The look and feel of the PreventT2 curriculum is different, building on lessons learned from the previous curriculum, including new topics proven to promote success. The sequence of modules has also changed. Introductory and closing module topics are the same, and there is a recommended sequence for the first 6 months. Then, lifestyle coaches can choose sequencing for months 7-12, based on interests and needs of participants, for greater flexibility.

Some modules have also been combined into fewer sessions: PreventT2 has 9 session options for months 7-12, compared to 16 possible sessions in the original National DPP curriculum. This change in the PreventT2 curriculum was because data indicated that many organizations have been delivering 9 sessions on average during months 7-12, even though more were provided.

Based on social science research, the new English curriculum was written at the sixth-grade reading level, and the new Spanish curriculum was written at the fifth-grade reading level, as were the accompanying lifestyle coach guides. Additionally, the PreventT2 Spanish curriculum is not a direct translation of the PreventT2 English curriculum (see question 9).

No, you can use any CDC-approved National DPP curriculum. All previously approved CDC curricula are valid and can still be used.

The PreventT2 curriculum is available immediately. CDC recommends that you begin using the new curriculum when you start a new class of participants. This ensures that the same curriculum is being used throughout the duration of the 12-month lifestyle change program. However, if you would like to switch to the new PreventT2 curriculum with an existing class of participants, CDC suggests switching after you complete months 1-6 and before you begin months 7-12.

No, organizations should choose one CDC-approved curriculum for the full 12-month lifestyle change program. However, if you would like to switch to the new PreventT2 curriculum with an existing class of participants, CDC suggests switching after you complete months 1-6 and before you begin months 7-12.

No, your DPRP recognition status is not dependent on your choice of curriculum, as long as you use one that has been approved by CDC.

The new curriculum can be used for both in-person and online delivery. There isn’t a specific online version of PreventT2 (or any CDC-approved curriculum); organizations need to adapt the curriculum they choose to use for online delivery.  Any adaptation for online use must strictly use PreventT2 curriculum content, since the content meets the current DPRP 2015 Standards and Operating Procedures.

Yes, the curriculum is available in English and Spanish. Organizations are welcome to deliver the curriculum in other languages, as well, but must adhere strictly to the content in the approved versions and are responsible for ensuring the accuracy and cultural appropriateness of their translation.

No, the Spanish version of the PreventT2 curriculum was developed independently, with significant input from native Spanish speakers. It incorporates culturally appropriate examples of food, food measurement, and physical activity. It is intended for Mexican-Americans as well as other Spanish-speaking members of the U.S. population.  

The new PreventT2 curriculum comes with a wealth of ready-to-use and adaptable promotional materials. Examples include fact sheets, brochures, print and web content and advertisements, social media content, video and photo testimonials from participants, and toolkits to help organizations reach out to health care providers and employers.

Both the English and Spanish versions of PreventT2 provide a list of recommended resources, including a calorie counter, a food tracker, and a weight tracker.

Additional training is not required to use the new PreventT2 curriculum. CDC is reaching out to training organizations that have a Memorandum of Understanding with us to walk them through the new curriculum.  These organizations can train other affiliates on the new curriculum, if desired.

The curriculum is available on the National DPP website at Curricula and Handouts.

E-mail questions to State, city, and local health department grantees (1305 and 1422 grantees) and national organization grantees (1212 grantees) should send questions to their respective CDC project officer. The appropriate CDC team member will respond as soon as possible.

CDC has updated promotional materials for the new PreventT2 curriculum. The updated promotional materials should be used instead of the original PreventT2 promotional materials that were made available in December 2013. The new PreventT2 promotional materials can be modified with local program names, logos, and contact information.

Page last reviewed: February 26, 2019