Three BCHN CHWs Receive DPP Certification

National Diabetes Prevention Program (or National DPP) is a partnership of public and private organizations working to reduce the growing problem of prediabetes and type 2 diabetes. Recently, three Bronx Community Health Network (BCHN) Community Health Workers received their DPP certification, and are now considered Lifestlye Coaches.

DPP certification is a yearlong program for pre-diabetics who are referred by their primary care providers. There are 16 core weeks where the participants attend a weekly, one hour educational session.

The two major goals of the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) lifestyle intervention were a minimum of 7% weight loss/weight maintenance and a minimum of 150 min of physical activity similar in intensity to brisk walking.

Nutrition, weight loss and physical activity are the focus of the program in order to reverse or delay the onset of Diabetes.