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Offering a Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP)
Guidance for CDC-Recognized Organizations on Alternative Program Delivery Options

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Community pharmacies represent an untapped resource for diabetes prevention and delay. Pharmacists are uniquely positioned to help screen, raise awareness and make an intervention impact. Pharmacists, already often called upon to counsel their patients with diabetes, may now be poised to counsel their patients in these evidence-based behavior change approaches especially when it comes to diabetes prevention.


We invite pharmacies to consider becoming a recognized CDC - DPP program!

Background Information:

The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) clinical trial (NEJM, 2002) showed that a behavioral lifestyle intervention focused on healthy, balanced diet, physical activity (150-minutes weekly) and modest weight loss (7%) for overweight persons with impaired glucose tolerance or “pre-diabetes” was significantly more effective in reducing cumulative risk for diabetes than a drug or placebo intervention over 2.8 years. The incidence of diabetes was 58% lower with lifestyle and 31 percent lower with the drug metformin.

The Centers for Disease Control National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) (Diabetes Care, 2017) also showed that over 14,000 persons with obesity and elevated glucose who participated in an evidence-based, one-year DPP (attending 14 sessions on average) lost 4% of their initial body weight and just under half increased their physical activity to at least 150 minutes/week.


Learn more about the Diabetes Prevention program, by clicking here.

CDC Diabetes Prevention Recognition Program - Standards and Operating Procedures

Information on Medicare and DPP, can be found by clicking here.

Click here for all pharmacy resources

Click here for The Pharmacists Guide to DPP

Click here to find DPP sites including pharmacies.



Introductory Webinar

PPA provided an introductory webinar on DPP providing great background information on DPP and specifically PPA's efforts to support a core group of pharmacies go through the program. Please click here to access this recording.

If you would like a copy of the slide deck utilized, please contact PPA.


Click here for the Newly Recognized Organizations Guide Book


Resources for Current DPP Pharmacies 

Click here for resources for current DPP pharmacies designed to help you implement the program.



Advance Readings

Article on Main Outcomes
Article on Description of Behavioral Lifestyle Intervention Diabetes Care
Article on Model for Translation GLB

Article on Training and Translation



Additional Information

Article on Elective Course for DPP for Students - American Journal of Pharmaceutical Eductation


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