CDC-Recognized Lifestyle Change Program with Key Components:
CDC-approved curriculum with lessons, handouts, and other resources to help you make healthy changes.
A lifestyle coach, specially trained to lead the program, to help you learn new skills, encourage you to set and meet goals, and keep you motivated.
A support group of people with similar goals and challenges. Together, you can share ideas, celebrate successes, and work to overcome obstacles.
A Year-Long Program
first half of the program:
Weekly meetings that focus on eating healthy, physical activity, choosing healthy food while eating out, coping with stress, and getting back on track if you stray from your plan.
Second half of the program:
Once or twice monthly meetings that focus on maintenance and support along with some new information. Key concepts like food and exercise tracking, overcoming barriers and staying motivated are reviewed.
A full list of topics can be found here.
This research showed that people with pre-diabetes who take part in a structured lifestyle change program can cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58% (71% for people over 60 years old). This finding was the result of the program helping people lose 5% to 7% of their body weight through healthier eating and 150 minutes of physical activity a week. For a person who weighs 200 pounds, losing 5% to 7% of their body weight means losing just 10 to 14 pounds. It doesn’t take a drastic weight loss to make a big impact.
(Link to original CDC page)