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CDC's National Diabetes Prevention Program

MBGH is working with the CDC in recruiting employers, insurers, health care professionals and other stakeholders to participate in the National Diabetes Prevention Program to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes among people with pre-diabetes.

The CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program is an evidence-based lifestyle change program for preventing type 2 diabetes.

  • 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 pre-diabetes.
  • 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).
  • The Diabetes Prevention Program is a pay for performance program in which the lifestyle coach is paid on participation and weight loss.

The National Diabetes Prevention Program teaches participants strategies for incorporating physical activity into daily life and eating healthy. Lifestyle coaches work with participants to identify emotions and situations that can sabotage their success, and the group process encourages participants to share strategies for dealing with challenging situations.

The National Diabetes Prevention Program is a comprehensive program that can easily fit into any company health and wellness strategy. MBGH has worked with Memphis area employers including Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare, Pictsweet, and the University of Memphis, to incorporate this program into their current wellness initiatives. MBGH is also finalizing an employer implementation toolkit, which will be available to member employers during the first quarter of 2014. To learn more about the program please visit and contact Tara Hill at [email protected] with any questions or if you are interested in getting involved!

Posted by Tara Hill at 10:41 AM

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