About the National DPP

The National Diabetes Prevention Program—or National DPP—was created in 2010 to address the increasing burden of prediabetes and type 2 diabetes in the United States. This national effort created partnerships between public and private organizations to offer evidence-based, cost-effective interventions that help prevent type 2 diabetes in communities across the United States.

One key feature of the National DPP is the CDC-recognized lifestyle change program, a research-based program focusing on healthy eating and physical activity which showed that people with prediabetes who take part in a structured lifestyle change program can cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58% (71% for people over 60 years old).

Research Behind the National DPP

Congress authorized the National DPP in 2010 because of previous research that demonstrated the potential of the CDC-recognized lifestyle change program to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.

The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP)External was a major multicenter clinical research study. The intervention involved a lifestyle change program focusing on calorie reduction and increasing physical activity to at least 150 minutes per week. Results from the study showed that this structured lifestyle change program, in which participants achieved weight loss of 5 to 7 percent of their body weight (10 to 14 pounds for a person weighing 200 pounds), reduced the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58 percent in adults at high risk for the disease.

A 10-year follow-up study, The Diabetes Prevention Program Outcomes StudyExternal, showed that participants were still one-third less likely to develop type 2 diabetes a decade later than individuals who took a placebo. Those who did develop type 2 diabetes delayed the onset of the disease by about 4 years.

Goals of the National DPP

The National DPP works to make it easier for people with prediabetes to participate in affordable, high-quality lifestyle change programs to reduce their risk of type 2 diabetes and improve their overall health.

Our Diabetes Prevention Specialist

The Leader of our DPP Program is Vince Ranalli, Director of Community Impact and our Lead Diabetes Prevention Specialist. You can learn more about Vince here. He can be contacted Directly by calling 412-593-2048 option 4 or via e-mail at vince@casespecificnutrition.com

The First 16 Sessions Include the Following Topics:

Session 1 – Welcome to the Diabetes Prevention Program.

Session 2 – Be a Fat Detective.

Session 3 – Ways to Eat Less Fat.

Session 4 – Healthy Eating.

Session 5 – Move Those Muscles.

Session 6 – Being Active – A Way of Life.

Session 7 – Tip the Calorie Balance.

Session 8 – Take Charge of What’s around You.

Session 9 – Problem Solving.

Session 10 – Four Keys to Healthy Eating Out.

Session 11 – Talk Back to Negative Thoughts.

Session 12 – The Slippery Slope of Lifestyle Change.

Session 13 – Jump Start Your Activity Plan.

Session 14 – Make Social Cues Work for You.

Session 15 – You Can Manage Stress.

Session 16 – Ways to Stay Motivated.


Sessions 17-25 Cover These Topics:

Session 17 – Eating to Prevent Diabetes: Planning.

Session 18 – Staying Motivated to Keep Being Physically Active.

Session 19 – Maintaining Your Healthy Lifestyle.

Session 20 – Preventing Relapse – An Ounce of Prevention is Worth Pounds.

Session 21 – Handling Holidays, Vacations, and Special Events.

Session 22 – Lifestyle Physical Activity.

Session 23 – Healthy Cooking.

Session 24 – Variety and Balance in Your Dietary Intake.

Session 25 – Maintaining Behavior Change for Diabetes Prevention.


Please contact Vince directly for all things DPP. Dial our central line 412-593-2048 and select option 4, or email him at vince@casespecificnutrition.com. He is available to answer questions as well as work with our Administrative staff to check your insurance for coverage and get you enrolled in the next DPP Class!