National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP)
Are You at Risk?
Our interactive diabetes risk assessment test can help you determine if you are at risk of developing pre-diabetes.
In this evidence-based year-long program, small groups of participants meet weekly with a trained Lifestyle Coach for a minimum of 16 weekly sessions in the first 6 months followed by a second 6 month period containing at least one session per month concluding the program in one full year. The year is focused on lifestyle change strategies that can help participants to lose small amounts of weight and increase physical activity to significantly decrease their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Sessions focus on healthy eating, increasing physical activity, and learning skills to maintain weight loss. This is a proven program for people with pre-diabetes or who are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes and who are ready to make achievable and realistic lifestyle changes.
The National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) lifestyle change workshop promoted and recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is an evidence-based program developed specifically to prevent type 2 diabetes. It is designed for people who have prediabetes or are at risk for type 2 diabetes, but who do not already have diabetes.
A trained lifestyle coach facilitates the program and will encourage you to make some changes to aspects of your lifestyle, like eating healthier, reducing stress, and getting more physical activity. The program also includes group support from others who share your goals and struggles.
This lifestyle change program is not a fad diet or an exercise class. And it’s not a quick fix. It’s a year-long program focused on long-term changes and lasting results.
A year might sound like a long commitment, but learning new habits, gaining new skills, and building confidence takes time. As you begin to eat better and become more active, you’ll notice changes in how you feel, and maybe even in how you look.
The evidence and outcomes
A national research study demonstrated that participants in the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) Lifestyle Intervention group:
- Prevented or delayed type 2 diabetes by losing a modest amount of weight through diet and physical activity
- Reduced their risk of developing the disease by an average of 58%
- Reduced their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by an average of 71% if the participant was aged 60+
Participants who attended nine or more workshops lost a greater percentage of their body weight compared with other participants. Self-reported general health status improved by the end of the program and was sustained at the six-month follow-up. A higher proportion of participants reported that their health was “very good” or excellent” at the end of the 16 weeks. More than 70% of participants reported at six months that their general health was “much better” or “somewhat better” than before the program.
Delivering the National Diabetes Prevention Program with QTAC-NY
QTAC-NY provides National Diabetes Prevention Program Lifestyle Coach Training in both QTAC-hosted and private organization settings and is a national training partner of the CDC for the NDPP.
Lifestyle Coaches should review the job description and requirements outlined by the Lifestyle Coach Description and be willing to sign a Lifestyle Coach Agreement with QTAC-NY regarding their Lifestyle Coach status, requirements, and certification. Contact QTAC-NY if you are interested in delivering the National Diabetes Prevention Program.
Contact QTAC-NY if you are interested in delivering the National Diabetes Prevention Program.
Data collection responsibilities specific to the National Diabetes Prevention Program
The purpose of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Diabetes Prevention Recognition Program (DPRP) is to recognize organizations that have shown that they can effectively deliver the National Diabetes Prevention Program. Applying for recognition with the CDC’s DPRP can help to assure the consistent delivery of program elements across participating sites. Recognition and/or pending recognition is strongly encouraged for all QTAC-NY partner organizations.
QTAC-NY partners have the option of submitting their data directly to the CDC¹ or submitting their raw data to QTAC-NY for coding to ensure consistency with CDC DPRP standards per recognition standards requirements. NOTE: QTAC-NY partners who choose this option will need to complete all data packet materials available through Compass.
¹Consult the DPRP Standards and Operating Procedures manual page 17 for CDC data submittal requirements.
At QTAC-NY, we focus our attention on the quality of the programs delivered by our community partners. For each of the evidence-based programs that we support there are standard requirements necessary for quality, and proven, program delivery and outcomes. For the NDPP, the CDC DPRP Standards are our guide. For more information about our quality standards please contact QTAC- NY.
NDPP personnel-specific requirements include:
- All Lifestyle Coach (LSC) trainees must deliver a minimum of one full NDPP lifestyle change program in the 24 months following LSC training. In each consecutive year, to maintain certification as a QTAC-NY Lifestyle Coach, each LSC must be actively engaged in the delivery of at least one NDPP lifestyle change program. This means they are either facilitating or co-facilitating workshops and/or sessions of workshops each year.
- LSC must be able to attend the entire 2-day training and complete all training activities and must commit to beginning initial workshop within three months of LSC training.
- LSC must be able to commit to the required time for workshop preparation and implementation including:
- Delivery of at least 16 one hour sessions in months 1 – 6 of the program in accordance with the CDC NDPP Curriculum or another approved curriculum.
- Delivery of at least 6 monthly sessions in months 7 – 12 of the program in accordance with the CDC NDPP Curriculum or another approved curriculum.
- Class preparation (i.e., reviewing participants’ food and activity trackers, lesson plan, content for class, and making a reminder calls to participants).
- Providing time to participants both before and after sessions to answer questions and follow up on any questions not addressed during class time.
- Following up with participants outside of class if they are unable to attend (offering a makeup session opportunity).
- LSC must be capable and willing to record session data for each participant (attendance, body weight, total weekly minutes of physical activity, etc.).
- LSC must attend a minimum of one quarterly conference call/webinar arranged by QTAC-NY per year to remain certified as a QTAC-NY LSC.
Other NDPP requirements are that the NDPP program take place over a one-year period. One program offering is composed of 16 weeks of core sessions, along with 6-8 post-core sessions and can only be facilitated by one trained and active LSC. The group size guideline is between 10 and 18 participants and weekly attendance records are kept (Attendance Logs, including weekly session data, are to be printed from the QTAC-NY Compass and results entered weekly.
The QTAC-NY partner must submit evaluation data to CDC DPRP every six months from the date of the first lifestyle intervention core group session offered after the application acceptance date (first session). The QTAC-NY can submit this data on behalf of the partnering agency with special permission.
Diabetes Prevention Recognition Program
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Diabetes Prevention Recognition Program (DPRP) is a key component of the National Diabetes Prevention Program. The purpose of the DPRP is to recognize programs that have shown that they can effectively deliver a proven lifestyle change program (in-person, virtual, or via distance learning) to prevent type 2 diabetes. You can learn more about DPRP at the CDC webpage.