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National Diabetes Prevention Program

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) is an evidence-based lifestyle change program for preventing type 2 diabetes.

  • It can help people cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes in half.
  • The Diabetes Prevention Program research study showed that making modest behavior changes helped participants lose 5% to 7% of their body weight—that is 10 to 14 pounds for a 200-pound person.
  • These lifestyle changes reduced the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58% in people with prediabetes.
  • Participants work with a lifestyle coach in a group setting to receive a 1-year lifestyle change program that includes 16 core sessions (usually 1 per week) and 6 post-core sessions (1 per month).

For more information about the National Diabetes Prevention Program curriculum, go to www.cdc.gov/diabetes/prevention or watch the CDC's Diabetes Prevention Program video online, or download and print the National DPP Infographic (PDF).

What Is the Benefit of Being Part of a National DPP?

Various organizations throughout Utah will soon be part of the National DPP, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It is proven to help people with prediabetes prevent or delay development of type 2 diabetes.

Being part of a group provides support from other people who are facing similar challenges and trying to make the same changes you are. Together you can celebrate successes and find ways to overcome obstacles.

Eligible Participants

The target for this program are adults 18 and older who are at high risk for developing Type 2 diabetes based on fasting glucose or A1C or via a short risk survey. You can download and print the CDC Prediabetes Infographic (PDF) for more information.

National DPP Features

  • Trained lifestyle coach
  • CDC-approved curriculum
  • Group support
  • 16 weekly meetings
  • 6 monthly follow-up meetings

Does the National Diabetes Prevention Program Work?

The National DPP can help people with prediabetes cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes in half. The Diabetes Prevention Program research study (CDC website) showed that making modest behavior changes helped participants lose 5 to 7 percent of their body weight — that is 10 to 14 pounds for a person weighing 200 pounds. These lifestyle changes reduced the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58 percent in people with prediabetes.

National Diabetes Prevention Program Efforts in Utah

The University of Utah's Health Science's and the College of Health are collaborating to offer the National Diabetes Prevention Program to their employees and staff during the 2014-2015 school year. Read the most recent article in the University of Utah's Daily Utah Chronicle for the latest update on the campus-wide National Diabetes Prevention Program Success. Also, the project lead, Sheldon Smith, presented for 1-hour on the University of Utah Diabetes Prevention Program (GoToTraining Recorded Training Video) during our monthly diabetes webinar series.

National Diabetes Prevention Program Resources for Professionals

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