What is the National Diabetes Prevention Program (DDP)?

The National Diabetes Prevention Program – or National DDP (no relation to Diamond Dallas Page or DDP Yoga) – is a public and private partnership working toward reducing the growing concern of pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes. The goal of the program is to help people with pre-diabetes make evidence-based, affordable, and high-quality lifestyle changes to decrease their risk of type 2 diabetes and improve their health in general. People like you, maybe? Maybe not but you never know. In fact, 90% of the 86 million Americans with pre-diabetes don’t know they have it. But you can find out here. Many do not even know what pre-diabetes is. Basically, it means that blood sugar levels are higher than they should be but not as high to be diagnosed as diabetes yet. Medical supplies online such as blood glucose meters can help you keep tabs on your blood sugar levels. 

National DDP partners include:

·         Federal agencies State and local health departments.

·         National and community organizations.

·         Employers Public and private insurers.

·         Healthcare professionals.

·         University community education programs.

·         Businesses that focus on wellness.

These partners have come together to achieve these goals:

·         Deliver CDC-recognized lifestyle change programs nationwide.

·         Ensure quality and adherence to proven standards.

·         Train community organizations that can run the lifestyle change program effectively.

·         Increase referrals to and participation in CDC-recognized lifestyle change programs.

·         Increase coverage by employers and public and private insurers.

CDC-recognized lifestyle change programs


The CDC only recognizes research-based programs that meet high quality standards. Requirements include:

·         Use of a CDC-approved curriculum.

·         Ability to begin offering the lifestyle program within 6 months of being approved by the CDC.

·         Capacity and commitment to deliver the program over at least 1 year.

·         Ability to submit data on participants’ progress every 12 months.

·         Trained lifestyle coaches.

·         Designated individual(s) to serve as the diabetes prevention program coordinator

The idea behind all these requisites is to reassure people that participate in the programs that positive results will always be the reward of hard work.

Key elements

·         CDC-approved curriculum with lessons, handouts, and other resources.

·         A lifestyle coach.

·         A support group of people with similar goals and challenges.

Lessons to be learned

·         Eating healthy without renouncing all the foods that you love.

·         Making time to add physical activity to your life.

·         Dealing with stress.

·         Coping with challenges.

·         Getting back on track even if you deviate from the plan.


·         Improving your health.

·         Feeling better.

·         Having more energy.

·         Being part of something bigger.

Program options



·         Meeting face-to-face with group members and the lifestyle coach.

·         Hand-on demonstrations.

·         Reviewing and checking in on weekly progress.

·         Private weigh-in.

·         Discussing the week’s topic.

·         Wrapping-up with a to-do list and handouts.


·         Can be 100% online or a combination of online and in-person sessions.

·         Held to the same standards as in-person programs.

·         Include a lifestyle-coach.

·         Ideal for people who have difficulty attending regular on-site meetings, or if there isn’t an in-person program near you.

Time commitment

·         The program lasts one year.

·         The first 6 months consist of weekly meetings.

·         The second 6 months consists of monthly meetings.

Tailor-made programs

The lifestyle coach may:

·         Show how to prepare healthy local recipes.

·         Offer tips for eating healthy during cultural holidays or events.

·         Share local events where you can be physically active.

·         Give handouts that address your particular concerns.

·         Programs are also offered in Spanish.


·         Costs vary depending on location, the organization that offers it, and the type of program.

·         Many employer-sponsored health plans and some Medicare and Medicaid plans cover them.


·         Healthcare clinics.

·         Community-based organizations.

·         Faith-based organizations.

·         Pharmacies.

·         Wellness centers.

·         Worksites.

·         Cooperative extension offices.

·         University-based continuing education programs.

Find a program

·         https://nccd.cdc.gov/DDT_DPRP/Programs.aspx


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