The informative and practical ONLINE Diabetes Prevention Program Lifestyle Coach Training workshop is designed to provide attendees with the background, information, and skills necessary to conduct the healthy lifestyle change program in a wide variety of health care and community settings.

The ONLINE workshop is provided by experienced University of Pittsburgh Diabetes Prevention Support Center (DPSC) faculty from the original DPP team who have been implementing and evaluating the DPP Group Lifestyle Balance™ program in the community for the past decade.  To date the DPSC faculty have trained more than 3,000 providers across the United States and internationally to become Lifestyle Coaches.  The online training includes all of the sessions covered in the in-person training, as well as review questions and a final assessment.

NOTE:  The SparkPro Diabetes Prevention Program Lifestyle Coach Training (online) is not currently available for registration.  Please check back again soon for more information!

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this activity, the participant will be able to:

  1. Articulate the results of the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) and the importance of the findings as they relate to clinical practice and disease prevention.

  2. Indicate the scientific rationale for the DPP Group Lifestyle Balance intervention.

  3. Communicate the rationale, results, and implications of translating the DPP lifestyle intervention.

  4. State the two DPP Group Lifestyle Balance goals and why they are important.

  5. Describe how to teach participants to find and track fat and calories in food.

  6. Recognize the basics of weight loss management through healthy eating.

  7. Identify appropriate physical activity recommendations for patients taking part in the DPP Group Lifestyle Balance.

  8. Discuss how calorie balance relates to weight loss.

  9. Discuss food and activity cues and ways to change them.

  10. Identify techniques to assist patients with barriers to making healthy lifestyle changes.

  11. Discuss ways to add interest and variety to the participant’s physical activity plan.

  12. Discuss obstacles and problems that may occur for patients trying to achieve and maintain lifestyle balance.

  13. Identify four principles for healthy eating out.

  14. Identify potential problem and helpful social cues for participants in the program.

  15. Discuss strategies for helping participants maintain their new lifestyle habits and stay motivated.

  16. Describe effective group leadership and techniques to facilitate group participation and success.

  17. Identify strategies for transitioning to the post-core phase of the DPP Group Lifestyle Balance.

  18. Communicate the 4 ways to add more volume in an effort to reduce calories.

  19. Describe mindful eating including negative effects, benefits, and techniques.

  20. Discuss risk factors of heart disease and prevention related to Heart Health.

  21. Describe the mindset necessary for long term maintenance.

  22. Identify ways to cope and manage stress associated with making healthy changes.

  23. Discuss the behavior process necessary for lifestyle weight maintenance.

  24. Describe benefits, techniques, and safety issues related to resistance training.

  25. Discuss the importance of the 4 components of a physical activity program.

  26. Identify ways to maintain physical activity during inclement weather.

  27. Describe use of DPP GLB materials.

  28. Discuss specific - challenges and barriers to intervention delivery.

  29. Identify possible techniques for improving success in the local setting.

  30. List specific goals for utilization of the DPP Group Lifestyle Balance Program in the local community.

  31. Summarize plans for program implementation.

Course Structure

Part 1 - Enrollment

  • Click here to register.
  • Add the DPP Group Lifestyle Balance training program to your Cart and place your order using a credit card.
  • Once you have completed your order, you will receive a confirmation e-mail message, with a link to the training course.
  • When you are in the course, please read over the “Diabetes Prevention Program Training Introduction”.  A hard copy of the DPP Group Lifestyle Balance manual of operations is included with your registration. Instructions for ordering are included in the e-mail and intro.  

 Part 2 – Online Training Modules

  • Now you are ready to proceed through the scientific background and session-by-session implementation modules.
  • The total training process should take you about 12-14 hours to complete.
  • The first four modules focus on the scientific background and rationale for the intervention. The fifth module focuses on leading effective groups. The remaining modules pertain to session delivery and “making it work” in your community. There are review questions after each module (answers provided immediately).
  • You will conclude with a final assessment, which also includes case examples.

We recommend the following schedule for course completion:

Week 1:

  • Module 1: Introduction and Reading of 3 articles
  • Module 2: Diabetes Prevention Program Background and Rationale (18:46)

Week 2:

  • Module 3: Diabetes Prevention Rationale and Goals for Nutrition Intervention (29:14)
  • Module 4: Rationale and Goals for the Physical Activity Intervention (27:11)
  • Module 5: Translating the DPP to the Community Setting (16:00)
  • Module 6: Leading Effective Groups (21:24)

 Week 3:

  • Module 7: Session 1: Welcome to the Diabetes Prevention Program Group Lifestyle Balance (29:18)
  • Module 8: Session 2: Be a Calorie Detective (27:57)
  • Module 9: Session 3: Healthy Eating (24:47)

Week 4:

  • Module 10: Session 4: Move Those Muscles (21:22)
  • Module 11: Session 5: Tip the Calorie Balance (19:21)
  • Module 12: Session 6: Take Charge of What’s Around You (17:01)
  • Module 13: Session 7: Problem Solving (16:56)
  • Module 14: Session 8: Set Up Your Physical Activity Plan (25:30)

Week 5:

  • Module 15: Session 9: Manage Slips and Self-Defeating Thoughts (24:06)
  • Module 16: Session 10: Four Keys to Healthy Eating Out (21:28)
  • Module 17 – Session 11: Make Social Cues Work for You (21:47)
  • Module 18 – Session 12: Ways to Stay Motivated (25:02)

Week 6: 

  • Module 19 – Session 13: Strengthen Your Physical Activity Plan (10:38)
  • Module 20 – Session 14: Take Charge of Your Lifestyle (16:25)
  • Module 21 – Session 15: Mindful Eating, Mindful Movement (6:33)
  • Module 22 – Session 16: Manage Your Stress (21:11)
  • Module 23 – Session 17: Sit Less for Your Health (9:38)
  • Module 24 – Session 18: More Volume, Fewer Calories (7:42)
  • Module 25 – Session 19: Stay Active (7:33)

Week 7: 

  • Module 26 - Session 20: Balance Your Thoughts (12:39)
  • Module 27 – Session 21: Heart Health (11:13)
  • Module 28 - Session 22: Look Back and Look Forward (8:11)
  • Module 29 - Implementing the GLB in Your Local Setting (22:31)
  • Module 30 – Final Thoughts

 Week 8: 

  • DPP GLB Final Assessment
  • Evaluation

Cost: $695 for the complete online workshop and training manual.

Refund Policy:  SparkPro Training will provide a full refund for up to 30 days from the date of purchase (less $100 administrative fee), providing that you have not started the online training course.

All refund requests must be received in writing.  To receive a refund, submit your written request to SparkPro Training at [email protected].

All refunds are processed within 30 days of receipt. No refunds will be issued once the training has been initiated.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  Where may I find out more about the DPP Group Lifestyle Balance online training program?

A: Please click here for more information about the online training. For more information about the University of Pittsburgh Diabetes Prevention Support Center or the original Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) research study, please click here.  Finally, here is a link to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  website for more information about the CDC recognition program:  https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/prevention/index.html

Q: Are you approved by ACE for CEC’s for completion of the DPP Group Lifestyle Balance course?

A:  Yes, we are approved for ACE and affiliated CEU’s. Click here to review the specific credits.

Q:  If I enroll in the course how long is the certification good for?

A:  At the present time there is no requirement for recertification-once you have completed the training, there are no further requirements.  However, the CDC has indicated that they may be adding continuing education requirements in the future.

 Q:  How involved is your organization in helping one to get placed in a job?

A: We are in the process of growing this component of SparkPro Training.  We offer a job board to those who have completed training, and we (Spark360) also look to our trained coaches to fill internal positions.

Q:  Why do the prices of the training organizations listed on the CDC site vary?

A:  Each organization offers its own variation of the training.  We believe that the training offered by SparkPro Training provides several benefits that other training organizations do not have.  For example, our faculty were members of the original DPP clinical research trial and continue to be involved in ongoing implementation in the community, so have experience that no other trainers have.  We also offer continuing education for ACE and its affiliates, CPEUs from the Commission on Dietetic Registration and CEs for Pharmacists. Also, lifestyle coaches who complete the training with SparkPro Training have access to the SparkPro Training Resource Portal that includes the job board, and assistance with getting a program started post training.

Q: Does SparkPro offer any discounts for the DPP Group Lifestyle Balance course?

 A:  We offer discounts periodically. If you would like to join our mailing list we can keep you up to date on promotional codes as they are offered.  We also offer an ongoing 30% discount off the regular price when an organization has a group of 5 or more registrations. For more information, please contact us at [email protected]

Q:  I completed the SparkPro training for the DPP program. I went online to the CDCs website to register and I did not see SparkPro listed as one of the recognized organizations. What is the name of the organization that I am supposed to be choosing in order to get registered with the CDC?

A:  SparkPro is a CDC-recognized lifestyle coach training provider (one of only several in the US).  We are not a CDC recognized DPP provider for patients/individuals.  Now that you have completed the training, you are eligible to work for a CDC-recognized DPP provider, to provide the DPP program to at-risk patients/individuals.  You can look for DPP providers in your area and reach out to them to see if they are hiring, or connect with online providers.  Alternatively, if you own a business and would like to offer the DPP to your clients, your company can become a CDC-recognized DPP provider.

Q:  I understand the course is 14 hours, but is there a deadline on when to complete the course (start date to end, i.e., a year, etc.)?

A:  The course features 32 online modules that you move through at your pace.  There is no deadline or time constraint to complete the course. 

Q:  Once I have completed the DPP Group Lifestyle Balance training, will I be prepared to teach it to groups?

A:  Yes, the training is geared to teaching coaches to lead small groups.  One of the sessions in the training, “Leading Effective Groups” focuses on this specifically.  The Diabetes Prevention Program Group Lifestyle Balance curriculum is designed to be delivered in groups of 10-15 people.

Q:  Is there an examination at the end of the course?

A: There is an assessment at the completion of the course that includes multiple choice questions and case studies.  The purpose of the assessment is to ensure that those completing the course have a thorough understanding of the DPP curriculum and how to implement it.  

Q:  If my question isn't answered, how do I contact someone at SparkPro Training?

 A:  Please feel free to contact us at [email protected] .  Someone from our team will respond to you within two business days.