The Community Healthcare Network program is an evidence-based lifestyle change program that can help you prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. The program is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The program offers a variety of tools and support you need to help you succeed including:
- A professional health coach for ongoing guidance. Lifestyle coaches are accessible, collaborative, and culturally competent peer educators, health promoters, community health workers, or diabetes care and education specialists trained in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s PreventT2 curriculum to provide effective guidance and support for program participants.
- Weekly interactive lessons to help you explore the importance of physical activity, and diet in preventing T2, manage stress, and more.
- An online private community for support, encouragement, and sharing experiences from peers with similar health conditions and challenges.
The 12-month lifestyle change program promotes modest weight loss (5-7%) and increased physical activity and focuses on self-efficacy, physical activity, and diet. Goals are monitored by participants and Lifestyle Coaches.
Each week you will focus on a new area, covering topics relevant to your health, whether that's changing food habits, coping with triggers, getting active, or managing stress. The weekly topic is supported by an interactive lesson, conversation with your health coach, and other program features.
The National Diabetes Prevention Program lifestyle change program is a year-long program.
Eligibility for the program is determined by one of the three following requirements:
- A1C or glucose test - Blood test result in the prediabetes range within the past year:
- Hemoglobin A1C: 5.7–6.4% or
- Fasting plasma glucose: 100–125 mg/dL or
- Two-hour plasma glucose (after a 75 gm glucose load): 140–199 mg/dL
- History of GDM - Previous clinical diagnosis of gestational diabetes.
- Risk test - Prediabetes Risk Test with a screening result of high risk for type 2 diabetes.
SIGN-UP, COST, AND GETTING STARTED
Community Healthcare Network offers the following type of programs and the cost varies based on the type of program:
- Free to the public
Congratulations, you've made the first step in helping prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. You’ll soon receive an email from Wellocity Health with the next steps to join the program by downloading the app or by using the portal. While the cohort is in the enrollment phase you can access the program content and learn how to use the Wellocity app to succeed in the program.
COMMUNITIES AND HEALTH COACH
Health coaches are available via in-app private messaging which may include photos. Your health coach is present to guide and support you throughout the program. Each participant can initiate a conversation with a coach at any time. Also, in a distance learning program mode, you can interact with the coach during the regular group video sessions.
Community Healthcare Network's health coaches are trained by the DPP program, which is the program used to train health coaches for diabetes prevention programs that follow the CDC’s Diabetes Prevention Recognition Program (DPRP) guidelines.
You will interact with a small group of other participants from Community Healthcare Network who are starting and experiencing the program together. Your group mainly interacts through a private Facebook-like community in the Wellocity app. You can share a post with photos on new topics, like your thoughts, a question, an update about yourself. You can comment on a post or like a post shared by another group member. Your health coach also uses the community.
TOOLS AND LESSONS
The program requires a scale for checking your weight. The health coach will talk to you privately to track your weight throughout the program.
*If you do not have a scale, please ask your health coach for assistance.
No, you can only access the Wellocity Health app and Participant portal until the program end date.
You’ll weigh-in for your starting weight when the program begins and then regularly throughout the program. Also, you’ll enter your exercise data daily once the program begins.
All content for the program is delivered in the Wellocity app and portal. The Community Healthcare Network program uses the CDC-developed Prevent T2 curriculum. Every week, a new Prevent T2 lesson Module, Quiz, and new and engaging content and links to articles are released to cover topics like nutrition, stress management, time management, and problem-solving skills.
The Community Healthcare Network program promotes healthy eating through the Prevent T2 curriculum with lessons on food tracking, shopping for healthy foods, and the guidance of your health coach. Using the Wellocity app you’ll also have access to a large food database and can search or scan for food items and view up to 28 nutrients for each food and make healthy choices.
Tracking your food intake is one of the first steps towards success in the program. The process of tracking food forces you to reflect on what you eat and helps you become aware of your habits, and change your behavior. The Wellocity app enables you to create a photo food journal and share it with your coach for feedback and insights to help you achieve your goals.
Participation in the Community Healthcare Network program can take 2-3 hours per week on average, and please note that the time spent on lifestyle changes is varied by individual.
The online format doesn’t use a fixed schedule and allows you can log in at any time allowing you to better manage your time. The distance learning format has a fixed schedule for group video sessions and you will receive an email reminder 24 hours before each session.
Members of your small group referred to as a cohort will have access to limited information about you as you go through the program together. If you participate in a group video session, members in your cohort can see your photo, name and listen to any question you ask or comments you make during the session. The members in your cohort’s private community can see your anonymous username, read your posts, comments and likes.