The lifestyle coach plays a very important role in the NDPP. Providing important information as well as support, the lifestyle coach will lead the group by upholding the principles of the program and will likely wear many hats over the course of the lifestyle intervention program. Lifestyle coaches do not need to be an expert in diabetes nor is it their role to give specific information on diabetes or any other medical condition. What they do need, however, is empathy, an ability to facilitate the group and to utilize the curriculum to help participants develop the skill sets needed to adopt healthy lifestyles.
Qualified trained lifestyle coaches are able to:
If you are interested in becoming a certified NDPP lifestyle coach, please complete the capacity assessment form to see if your organization is ready to apply for recognition. If your organization is ready to apply for recognition, complete the application online. If you are already associated with an organization that has applied for recognition through the CDC, please contact Laura Anderson by email firstname.lastname@example.org for information on upcoming lifestyle coach training opportunities.