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Volume 36, Number 4, pages 13-16

Working on the Front End of the Diabetes Continuum: How to Bring the Diabetes Prevention Program to Your Community: Educator’s Corner

Kathleen Wyne, M.D., Ph.D.

The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) is an evidence-based lifestyle intervention program that has proved effective. Intensive behavior change improves eating habits and physical activity while buidling problem-solving and coping skills. Trained lifestyle coaches facilitate educational sessions and physical activity opportunities and provide feedback. They help participants set personalized goals, work toward physical activity and weight loss targets, and track progress through self-monitoring of diet and activity. The delivery of the DPP has gone from research to community settings. Its scope has evolved to have a wider reach and a bigger impact so that more people with prediabetes can affordably access this service. The program produces more than improved health outcomes and cost savings; it helps people feel better and build the energy and confidence to do things that they would have otherwise been unable to do. When we hear about the impact the DPP has on people’s lives, we are excited to encourage others to bring the DPP to their own community. How exactly do you do that? It’s just like what we tell people about managing diabetes: “Make a plan. It’s not easy, but it’s worth it.” You can do it by building your skill set and using available tools to develop a sustainable program.

Educator's Corner