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Lifestyle coaches are central to the success of the lifestyle change program and its participants.

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A CDC Lifestyle Change Training Entity

The Black Women’s Health Imperative (BWHI) was selected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as one of six national organizations in 2012 to take the evidence-based National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) to scale through a five-year cooperative agreement. BWHI is one of 3 legacy organizations selected to continue this work in 2017. Our lifestyle change program provider network consists of partnering organizations in 12 states; and while we place special emphasis on enrolling Black women and Latinas – given their burden of the disease – our program is open to anyone regardless of gender or race.

Lifestyle coaches are central to the success of the lifestyle change program and its participants. In addition to facilitating the group using the lifestyle change curriculum, coaches are responsible for ensuring that all participants have a positive program experience and are supported in meeting their program goals. Our training approach is to integrate learning, knowledge and skills building with group activities and experiential games that enhance the lifestyle coach experience and appeal to diverse audiences and multiple generations. As a CDC lifestyle change training entity, we provide the training in both English and Spanish.

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Training and Technical Assistance

New Coach Training


Designed for organizations who are CDC-recognized program providers  or are applying for recognition and needing individual who are new to the industry to be trained as Lifestyle Coaches. Lifestyle Coach training can be based on the original CDC curriculum or PreventT2.

Coaching for Success


Advanced skills training designed to build the coaching capacity of experienced lifestyle coaches through a variety of interactive exercises that enhance program delivery, promote program effectiveness, and rejuvenate lifestyle coaches as well. Coaches must have completed facilitating at least one full 12-month class, to qualify for this training.

CEUs available for Registered Dieticians, Registered Nurses and Pharmacists.

TA Boot Camp


A customized Technical Assistance hybrid of Refresher Training and Advanced Skills Training tailored in response to an organization’s specific training needs for their coaches who have completed facilitating at least one 12-month class. 

Master Trainer


All candidates must have completed at least 12 hours of formal training as a Lifestyle Coach, have at least 2 years of experience as a Lifestyle Coach, and successfully facilitated multiple lifestyle change groups. Applicants must have their CDC-recognized organization write a letter of recommendation for them to serve in this role.



Our coach development webinars are designed to improve coach effectiveness by revisiting previously acquired knowledge and skills, reinforcing them with insights from shared experiences; and building on program successes by exploring best practices and lessons learned. These webinars are intended for any trained lifestyle coach, needing a refresher in specific areas of coaching.


Examples of webinar topics include:

  • Coach Refresher Training
  • CDC Standards and Operating Procedures
  • Keeping Participants Engaged
  • Understanding Participant Behavior Change
  • Strategies for Successful Food Tracking
  • Introduction to Motivational Interviewing
Advanced Skills Webinars

Price based on contract

Need something different?  Contact us.  We would love to work with your organization to customize training, webinars, or technical assistance that fits your specific program delivery and/or coaching needs.  

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Our coach training experience includes:

Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (Kosrae, Federation of Micronesia)

Black Women for Wellness (Los Angeles, CA)

Bolsa Medical Group (Westminster, CA)

Claiborne County Family Health Center (Port Gibson, MS)

Collins Wellness Center (District Heights, MD)

Colombia Diabetes Association (Colombia, South America)

Fundamental Health Solutions (Jackson, TN)

Indiana Minority Health Coalition, Inc. (Indianapolis, IN)

Los Angeles County Health Department (Series of in-person and webinar trainings beginning this summer)

Louisiana Department of Public Health (Training scheduled for June in Baton Rouge)

Outpatient Medical Center (Natchitoches, LA)

Pillsbury United Communities (Minneapolis, MN)

Rural Health Medical Program, Inc. (Selma, AL)

The Perfect Lifestyle (Houston, TX)

The Wellness Coalition (Montgomery, AL)

United Women of East Africa (San Diego)

Urban Health Resource (Detroit, MI)

Watts Health Care Corporation (Los Angeles)

Whatley Health Services, Inc. (Tuscaloosa, AL)

YWCA of Atlanta (Atlanta, GA)

YWCA of Houston (Houston, TX)