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National Diabetes Prevention Program

The CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) 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.

What Is the Benefit of Being Part of a National Diabetes Prevention Program?

Various organizations throughout Utah will soon be part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, 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. All adults 60 and older automatically qualify.

National Diabetes Prevention Program 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 Diabetes Prevention Program 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.

Diabetes Prevention Program Efforts in Utah

The University of Utah's Physical Therapy Department is offering the National Diabetes Prevention Program to their employees and staff during the 2014-2015 school year. We anticipate that they will be successful in their efforts and that national recoginition will be their next goal.

Diabetes Prevention Resources

The National Association of Chronic Disease Director's (NACDD) HaltDiabetes.org website.