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1000 Lifestyle Coaches Trained

As of January 2014, the Diabetes Training and Technical Assistance Center (DTTAC) at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health has trained over 1,000 Lifestyle Coaches to deliver the CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program lifestyle change program - the nation's foremost evidence-based program for the prevention of type 2 diabetes

Within the past two years, DTTAC has conducted Lifestyle Coach Trainings for over 450 organizations, including employers, educational institutions, health care systems, and community and faith-based organizations, around the country.

To make the training accessible and affordable for all types of organizations, large and small, over the past several months DTTAC has toured the country bringing its intensive, 2-day, in-person Lifestyle Coach Training to all regions of the United States. For example, the training was delivered in California, Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota, Texas, New Jersey, and Florida. In the next couple of months, trainings will be hosted throughout the southeast, a region with some of the highest rates of type 2 diabetes, including in Georgia, Kentucky, and Mississippi.

Lifestyle Coaches Trained“We are pleased to have reached this important milestone in our efforts to mobilize a nationwide workforce to bring the National DPP lifestyle change program to communities around the country,” said Dr. Linelle Blais, Director of DTTAC and the Emory Centers for Training and Technical Assistance. “The ultimate goal is to reach people at highest risk for type 2 diabetes. Given each Lifestyle Coach leads at least one if not more groups of 12 participants over the year-long program, the multiplier effect is evident. The potential public health impact of all DTTAC-trained Lifestyle Coaches to date is impressive!”

All DTTAC trainings are conducted by highly-experienced DTTAC Master Trainers and quality-assured and evaluated by DTTAC. The most recent annual evaluation report (2013), conducted by an external evaluator, Roller Marketing Research, found that nearly all Lifestyle Coaches indicated they were satisfied with the training (99%), and that it was effective in preparing them to facilitate the program (97%). There were no differences in satisfaction by type of organization represented, or between health professionals and lay workers.

Please contact us about training for your organization or community.