With funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) is partnering with the International Consortium for Health & Wellness Coaching (ICHWC), a nonprofit subsidiary of the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME), to develop group coaching competencies, a training program and a certificate examination that supports wide dissemination of the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) lifestyle change program.
NBME representatives will also participate and lend their expertise in producing high quality certification examinations. This collaboration marks the beginning of a multi-year concerted effort to improve the skills and outcomes of National DPP lifestyle coaches.
The CDC-led National DPP is a scientifically proven program to help prevent or delay type 2 diabetes among at-risk adults. The lifestyle change program is a critical component that helps participants develop lasting healthy lifestyle changes.
“The CDC funding allows ICHWC to combine our passion and leadership in developing a coaching workforce skilled in helping people engage in healthy lifestyles to prevent type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases, at scale,” lauded Margaret Moore, co-founder and board member of ICHWC.
One in three American adults are living with pre-diabetes and 90 percent of them don’t know they have it. Pre-diabetes is a condition in which blood sugar is higher than normal but not high enough yet to be diagnosed as diabetes. In response, CDC developed the evidence-based National DPP lifestyle change program, now a covered benefit of Medicare and many private insurers. The National DPP lifestyle change program is a year-long lifestyle coaching program for people with pre-diabetes designed to improve eating habits, increase physical activity, and lose 5 percent or more of body weight. This program is founded on the science of the Diabetes Prevention Program research study, and subsequent translation studies, which showed that making realistic behavior changes helped people with pre-diabetes lose 5 to 7 percent of their body weight and reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58 percent (71 percent for people over 60 years old).
“In order to elevate NDPP lifestyle coaching skills nationwide, the collaboration has gathered together the top master coaches in group coaching, including National DPP coach trainers and coaches, and National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coaches” shared ICHWC board member and subject matter expert Tim Cline who is developing the group coaching curriculum with National DPP master trainer Greg Hottinger.
ACPM collaborates with CDC on several capacity-building projects to support health care providers in helping their patients live healthier lifestyles.
“Group coaching skills are in high demand by health care providers interested in delivering group medical visits and/or referring their patients with pre-diabetes to the National DPP lifestyle change program offered by coaches who are credentialed and have acquired advanced skills training. We are excited to support the creation of the program and wide dissemination of these valuable skills in clinical and community settings to stem the epidemic of type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases related to unhealthy lifestyles,” said Danielle Pere, vice president of programs and education at ACPM.
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