The CDC is working with community-based
organizations, insurers, employers, and health care organizations to scale and
sustain the National DPP across the country. CDC’s role also includes ensuring
a trained workforce of lifestyle coaches to lead classes effectively, as well
as setting program standards and monitoring performance to recognize successful
Led by the CDC, the National DPP is for people at
risk for developing type 2 diabetes, a serious condition that can lead to
health issues including heart attack, stroke, blindness,kidney failure, or loss
of toes, feet, or legs. Individuals who are 45 years of age or older, are
overweight, who have a family history of type 2 diabetes, are physically active
fewer than three times per week, or who had diabetes while pregnant may be at
risk for developing type 2 diabetes. The National DPP can help people lower
The National DPP is based on a research study led by
the National Institutes of Health and supported by the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention, which showed that participants who lost 5 percent to 7
percent of their body weight (10 to 14
pounds for a 200-pound person) by making modest changes reduced their
risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58 percent.
During the program, participants meet as a group with
a trained lifestyle coach and learn how to make healthy lifestyle changes that
can help prevent or delay type 2 diabetes, such as choosing healthier foods, losing
weight, being more physically active, and managing stress. The group setting
provides a supportive environment with people who are facing similar challenges
and trying to make the same changes. Together participants can celebrate their
successes and determine ways to overcome obstacles.
Health Plan Strategies
EmblemHealth is initially working with two medical
groups and EmblemHealth Neighborhood Care located in Harlem and Cambria
Heights, New York to increase support of the National DPP and refer diverse patients
and community members to the lifestyle change program.
Florida Blue and its partners, the Diabetes
Prevention Control Alliance (DPCA) and the Y, is targeting employees and
members using multiple delivery models- worksite, retail centers, and
patient-centered medical homes, to offer and scale the program in Jacksonville,
Orlando and Tampa.
Molina Healthcare, Inc.
Molina Healthcare, Inc., in partnership with Continuing
Extension Services at two universities, is implementing the program in New
Mexico and Florida among its Medicaid beneficieraries and corresponding
communities in 4 counties. Using multilingual lifestyle coaches and closely
working with the State Health Departments, Molina is offering multicultural
outreach and classes.