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"NJ Empower to Prevent": The CDC's National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP)

NDPP (PDF) is an evidence-based, lifestyle change program, shown to reduce the risk of developing diabetes. FCHS is offering this year-long, virtual program on Zoom. The focus is modest weight loss, healthy eating and physical activity, stress reduction, and healthy coping.

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  • Rutgers FCHS received Full CDC Recognition:
    Full recognition is the highest level of recognition that can be achieved by a CDC-recognized organization for outcomes and retention. It means that all Diabetes Prevention Recognition Program (DPRP) standards requirements have been met. See NJEP's first cohort with their graduation certificates.
  • About NJ Empower to Prevent:
    Beginning in 2021, Rutgers Cooperative Extension's Department of Family and Community Health Sciences (FCHS) launched "NJ Empower to Prevent," its local version of the CDC's National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP). NJEP is a year-long, distance-learning lifestyle change program facilitated by trained Lifestyle Coaches.

    Delivered conveniently on Zoom, NJEP consists of 16 interactive, 1-hr weekly sessions, followed by bimonthly and monthly sessions for the remainder of the year. Participants learn to improve nutrition, increase physical activity, and stay motivated to reduce their risk for developing diabetes through modest weight loss. Group sessions provide social support, and one-on-one coaching provides individualized attention. The program incorporates special topics, motivational "challenges," and other fun activities to engage participants.

    NJEP currently enrolls 2 cohorts per year, in the spring and fall. The next cohort is enrolling now, to begin in May of 2023. Space is limited. The program is at no cost and is open to all who meet the eligibility criteria. Check eligibility here (PDF).

Outcome and Participant Testimonials

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Diabetes-Related Resources

Recorded Webinars

Wellness Wednesdays with FCHS

Select YouTube Videos by Rutgers FCHS Instructors

Other Resources