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About the National Diabetes Prevention Program/Prevent T2
The CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program is a public-private partnership of community organizations, private insurers, employers, health care organizations, and government agencies. These partners are working together to establish local evidence-based lifestyle change programs for people at high risk for type 2 diabetes.
These evidence-based lifestyle change programs are based on the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) research study, which showed that type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed through modest lifestyle changes involving healthy eating and physical activity.
The lifestyle change program is led by a trained facilitator called a Lifestyle Coach. In the lifestyle change program, participants meet in a group with their Lifestyle Coach over the course of one year to work towards the goal of losing 5 to 7 percent of their starting body weight in order to reduce their risk for type 2 diabetes. The program emphasizes improving food choices, being physically active for at least 150 minutes each week, and developing skills to identify and overcome barriers to making lifestyle changes.
Learn more about the National DPP on CDC’s website: http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/prevention/
About Lifestyle Coach Training
The Lifestyle Coach’s ability to support participants, provide guidance, and facilitate group dynamics is key to the success of the evidence-based National DPP lifestyle change program.
What is a Lifestyle Coach?
Lifestyle Coaches are trained facilitators who lead groups of participants through the year-long lifestyle change program.
Who Should be a Lifestyle Coach?
Lifestyle Coaches do not need to be health care professionals, or have a background in diabetes, nutrition, or physical activity. Lifestyle Coaches DO need to possess strong interpersonal and group facilitation skills, because the success of the lifestyle change program relies heavily on the dynamics between the Lifestyle Coach and the participants working together as a group.
The Lifestyle Coach responsibilities include:
- Facilitating sessions over the course of the year-long program using the curriculum as designed
- Preparing for each session, including providing feedback for participants on their food and activity trackers
- Conducting participant weigh-ins and recording weekly data
- Establishing strategies to reach goals with participants and monitoring their progress
- Serving as a facilitator to promote group discussion and working with the group to identify barriers to a healthy lifestyle and find solutions to those barriers
- Creating an environment that is motivating, supportive, non-competitive, and non-judgmental
How to Register for the Lifestyle Coach Training
Option 1: If you are an organization in KENT COUNTY:
- Please complete registration on this site.
- Once you have registered, your Master Trainer will contact you with training materials and a preparation assignment.
Option 2: If you are an organization NOT in Kent County: DO NOT REGISTER ON THIS SITE. PLEASE SEE BELOW:
- Complete DHMH's Google application form http://bit.ly/1S0B7xY
- Your Master Trainer will then contact you with training materials and a preparation assignment.
Where is the training held?
We will be meeting at the University of Maryland Shore Medical Pavillion in Queenstown, MD, about 60 miles east of Baltimore, just over the Bay Bridge. The Training Room in on the Third floor, Room 320 (Shore Health System Community Education Center).
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
If you have qustions about applying for CDC Recognition, please contact Sue Vaeth at DHMH. Sue.Vaeth@maryland.gov or 410-767-8783.
If you have questions about the training/loigistics/schedule, please contact your Master Trainer, Rebecca Rice at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-778-2167.
Will food be provided?
Water will be provided, but meals are on your own. Ample time will be given at lunch to visit nearby restaurants off-campus. You are welcome to bring your lunch, but please note that refrigeration is not available.