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.
The Centre for Disease Control’s (CDC) diabetes prevention programme (DPP) is a twelve month diet and lifestyle program designed to help those at risk for type 2 diabetes lose 5-10% of their body weight through diet and lifestyle changes in an effort to prevent type 2 diabetes. The CDC’s DPP program is based on clinical research published in 2002 in the New England Journal of Medicine, indicating that participants who completed the CDC’s DPP programme had a 58% risk reduction for developing type 2 diabetes.
The original clinical trial on the CDC DPP programme showed that participants who successfully completed the programme had a 58% risk reduction for developing type 2 diabetes, and that this lifestyle intervention was more effective than metformin in preventing diabetes. The well-researched lifestyle change programme has been shown to significantly reduce participants’ risk of developing type 2 diabetes and associated chronic diseases.
Fruit Street uses the CDC diabetes prevention programme (DPP) curriculum as a foundation for Fruit Street’s DPP and combines it with Fruit Street’s convenient, group video telemedicine technology, to deliver Fruit Street’s DPP providing an enjoyable, effective weight loss program for participants, closely replicating the original, in-person, evidenced based CDC DPP.
Fruit Street’s own team of registered dietitians educate and facilitate twenty-six group discussions between 5-20 participants, whose common goal is to lose 5-10% of their starting weight by the end of twelve months. 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. Each week, participants meet through group video chat, accessible by computer or mobile phone, and connect with the same registered dietitian and same group of participants, who are on similar weight loss journeys. With the support of the Fruit Street registered dietitian and fellow group members, Fruit Street participants make small, incremental changes in eating and physical activity that will help prevent type 2 diabetes and may improve their overall quality of life.
In between live group video chat sessions, participants can message their registered dietitian using the Fruit Street mobile application or computer. Participants will receive helpful feedback in the form of comments on meals and snacks. This frequent engagement with the registered dietitian and the group helps keep participants motivated as better habits are formed. For even more support, participants are provided a wireless scale, Fitbit InspireTM activity tracker, and the Fruit Street mobile application which allows participants to take photos of their food and receive feedback from their coach.