Grow your client base as a... DIABETES PREVENTION

More than 1/3 adults have prediabetes—9 out of 10 don't even know it!
But you can help them and expand your career opportunities!

Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) Lifestyle Coach Training

SparkDPP is a full-service, turnkey solution that combines:

Online Education
Workshop Resources
and Guides
Job and Revenue

Benefits for fitness professionals:

  • Learn to administer the CDC-recognized lifestyle change program.
  • Discover revolutionary breakthroughs with insurance and Medicare for payment/reimbursements.
  • Tap the demand for more coaches and programs.
  • Earn continuing education credits. (This course is currently under review for CEC approval. When approved, CECs will be awarded at the completion of the course.)
  • Increase your employability and earning potential.
  • Make an impact on the diabetes epidemic in the U.S. and around the world!

There are no prerequisites to enroll. This program was created for all health
and fitness professionals who are seeking new challenges and opportunities.

Program Details

  • The 14-hour, 100%-online course includes videos, assessments and quizzes designed for a proven and engaging learning experience.
  • Take the course at home at your pace from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
  • Successful completion of the online course is recognized with an IDEA Certificate of Completion.

Join the largest national effort to mobilize and bring effective lifestyle-change programs to communities across the country!

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The National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) is a partnership of public and private organizations working to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. Partners make it easier for people at risk for type 2 diabetes to participate in evidence-based lifestyle change programs to reduce their risk of type 2 diabetes. Click to view the infographic:



The National DDP Program = Amazing Results

Cumulative Incidence of Diabetes

Source: Diabetes Prevention Program Research Group, New England Journal of Medicine, 346, 393–403.

  • 3,234 study participants were randomly assigned to one of the three interventions (placebo, metformin OR intensive lifestyle intervention).
  • The lifestyle intervention: A comprehensive one-year curriculum covering diet, physical activity and behavior modification was designed to achieve and maintain a weight reduction of at least 7% of initial body weight through a healthy low-calorie, low-fat diet and at least 150 minutes/week of moderate-intensity physical activity.
  • The lifestyle intervention (in green) reduced the incidence of diabetes by 58% when compared to placebo, demonstrating an even greater reduction in risk than metformin.

Become a DDP Provider and help stop the rise of diabetes.

What it Means to be a Lifestyle Coach:

Preparing for program success.

Part one of a two-part video series, “What It Means to Be a Lifestyle Coach,” this video equips Lifestyle Coaches with the knowledge and understanding needed to effectively deliver the National DPP Lifestyle Change program and follow the CDC DPRP Standards and Operating Procedures. Inspiring examples and practical information are delivered by an experienced CDC staff member and Lifestyle Coach.

National DPP Delivery:

  • over 1,400 CDC-recognized organizations for DPP interventions; in-person programs across 50 states
  • serving over 148,000 eligible participants
  • average weight loss for participants who attend at least 4 sessions over the yearlong program is 4.1%
  • over 65 commercial health plans provide some coverage; state/public employees covered in 11 states affecting more than 3 million people

Your Role as a Lifestyle Coach

  • Set individual goals for participants with lifestyle changes in diet and physical activity.
  • Provide education and tools that enable lifestyle changes.
  • Lead group sessions and answer questions.
  • Monitor weekly progress.
  • Provide encouragement and counseling to overcome obstacles.
  • Encourage participants to achieve their lifestyle goals.

Training is provided on the DPP Group Lifestyle Balance™ (GLB) Program curriculum, a comprehensive lifestyle behavior change program adapted directly from the successful lifestyle intervention used in the National Institutes of Health funded Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP). The DPP Group Lifestyle Balance™ program is an approved curriculum for application to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Diabetes Prevention Recognition Program.

SparkDPP, offered by SparkProTraining, is one of only 11 CDC recognized DPP coach training programs in the U.S.

SparkPro Training’s team of experts are pioneers in DPP. As the founders of the Diabetes Prevention Support Center at the University of Pittsburgh, they have more than a decade of community DPP implementation and evaluation as well as publications to support their work. SparkPro experience includes:

  • original DPP clinical trial investigators
  • development of the lifestyle intervention for the DPP clinical research trial
  • training almost 3,000 coaches across the US and around the world

SparkDPP Mission:

To prevent or delay diabetes and improve cardiovascular health by providing education, training and program support services to healthcare providers in the delivery of the evidence-based Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) lifestyle intervention.

SparkDPP Faculty:

Kaye Kramer, DrPh, MPH, RN,

Kaye Kramer, DrPh, MPH, RN, is the Chief Science Officer of Spark360, and adjunct Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.

Elizabeth M. Venditti, PhD

Elizabeth M. Venditti, PhD, is Director, Diabetes Prevention Support Center, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Epidemiology, director, DPP Lifestyle Resource Core Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Andrea M. Kriska, PhD

Andrea M. Kriska, PhD, is a Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Physical Activity Director, Lifestyle Resource Core Diabetes Prevention Program, Outcomes Study Department of Epidemiology, Graduate School of Public Health University of Pittsburgh.

Linda N. Semler, MS, RD, LDN

Linda N. Semler, MS, RD, LDN, is a Senior Research Manager for various research studies at the University of Pittsburgh School of Education, Department of Health and Physical Activity, Physical Activity and Weight Management Research Center.

Q: How long will it take to complete the online course?
A: We estimate that the training, including watching the videos, learning the assessments and completing the course, will take 14 hours.
Q: Will I earn CECs?
A: The online course portion of this program has been submitted for CECs. Once approved, all students who have completed the course will earn their CECs.
Q: What are the prerequisites?
A: There are no prerequires to enrolling in the course—just a passion for fitness and nutrition and a desire to help prevent diabetes and create more revenue opportunities for yourself.
Q: Once I complete the training, how do I earn additional income?
A: There is currently a shortage of trained DPP providers to meet the growing demand. There are approximately 1,500 CDC-recognized DPP providers organization nationwide. Once you are trained, you are eligible to seek part-time or full-time employment at any of the agencies.
Q: How do I find these open positions?
A: SparkDPP offers an exclusive provider portal with access to a job board with available positions.

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