In addition to licensing our telehealth software, Fruit Street delivers the CDC’s Diabetes Prevention Program to health insurance companies using our own staff of registered dietitians.
Fruit Street’s team of in-house registered dietitians serve as coaches to deliver the science-backed program.
Using the CDC-supported curriculum as a foundation, coaches educate and facilitate interactive discussion among groups of 5-20 participants whose goal is to lose 5-10% of their starting weight by the end of the twelve month program. Twenty six classes cover a variety of health and wellness topics including meal planning, tips for eating away from home, and ways to increase daily physical activity. Participants are provided a wireless scale, Fitbit, and the Fruit Street mobile application which allows participants to take photos of their food and receive feedback from their coach. The well-researched lifestyle change program has been shown to significantly reduce participants’ risk of developing type 2 diabetes and associated chronic diseases.
The original clinical trial on this program showed that participants who successfully completed the program had a 58% risk reduction for developing type 2 diabetes, and that this lifestyle intervention was more effective than metformin in preventing diabetes.
Fruit Street’s DPP is a year-long telemedicine-based lifestyle change program delivered via weekly group video sessions. Each week you will meet with the same coach and group of participants who are on the same journey as you. With the support of your coach and fellow group members you will make small, incremental changes in your eating and physical activity to improve your health and prevent diabetes.
Fruit Street’s DPP takes place over the course of one year. Classes are held once a week in the first six months of the program, and once a month in the second six months of the program. Each class is an hour long. A year might sound like a long commitment, but learning new habits, gaining new skills, and building confidence take time. As you begin to eat better and become more active, you’ll notice changes in how you feel, and maybe even in how you look.
We understand that you may not be able to make every class. Please let your coach know in advance if you need to miss a class so a make-up session can be scheduled.
Those diagnosed with prediabetes or those who are at risk for prediabetes based on the CDC’s risk assessment quiz are eligible to participate in Fruit Street’s DPP. To find out if you are at risk take the CDC’s risk assessment quiz found here.
You will log into Fruit Street at your assigned weekly class day and time to meet your coach and fellow group members. Your coach and the other participants will be visible on your screen, and you will be visible on their screens. You will be able to share and ask questions via live video discussion or by typing a message into the chat box. Your coach will introduce you to the program and answer any questions you have during the first class.
Each class has between 5 and 10 participants.
You will be able to interact live with your coach each week during class. In between live group video sessions, you can message your coach using your Fruit Street application or computer. You also will be receiving feedback in the form of comments in your food journal as you log your meals and snacks. You can respond to these messages anytime to maintain an ongoing discussion with your coach in between classes.
In addition to attending class each week, we ask that you do the following three things to help you be successful:
– Weigh yourself using your BodyTrace scale at least 3 times each week
– Log pictures of your food at least 5 times each week
– Wear your Fitbit to ensure your daily physical activity is logged
This information will be explained and reinforced by your coach when you start the program.
You will use Fruit Street’s mobile application to take pictures of your food. The app can be downloaded in the iTunes app store for iPhone or Google Play for Android. To take a picture of your food, simply click on the food journal icon within the app and take a picture. Write a description of your food in the text box next to the photo and press send.
We require that you attend class using your desktop or laptop computer, though you can take pictures of your food, message your coach and other group members, and track your physical activity using your mobile device. We recommend you use a Windows 7/8/10 with an Intel Core i5 or i7 or Mac OS X 10.9 or newer on any Mac model 2010 or newer.
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