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Skinny Gene Lifestyle Coach

Skinny Gene Lifestyle Coach Training


Congress recently passed a law that not only addresses the root causes of obesity, but also enables you to be an integral part of this solution.

Obesity has surpassed tobacco to become the leading cause of preventable death in the US. Worldwide, obesity kills more people than car crashes, terror attacks, and Alzheimer’s combined. Just as a person can’t out-exercise a bad diet, we can’t out-treat this growing obesity epidemic.

We finally have the opportunity to treat the root cause of lifestyle-based conditions (e.g. type 2 diabetes) with, well… lifestyle.

Medicare, Medi-Cal, and many commercial insurance companies are now covering the CDC’s (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) evidenced-based, intensive lifestyle intervention program, known as the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP).

Upcoming Training

Date Location
January 16th – 17th
Ronald McDonald House
2555 49th Street
Sacramento, CA 95817

Per the CDC’s rules and regulations, only Lifestyle Coaches that have received formal training (minimum 12 hrs, or 2 days) on the specific DPP curriculum are eligible to lead the DPP. It is also recommended program coordinators and other pertinent administrative attend the training. 

You don’t have to be a part of an organization or have a health-care related degree to become a CDC certified Lifestyle Coach. You just need to be passionate about helping others lead a healthier life?

The CDC would like to have DPPs every 10 miles, throughout the U.S. Which means there will be a growing demand of experienced CDC certified Lifestyle Coaches.

Whether you are an organization or and individual, the first step in offering DPP is to attend a formal Skinny Gene CDC Lifestyle Coach Training session.

Skinny Gene CDC Lifestyle Coach Training

Being an earlier adopter of DPP, means we had the pleasure of finding many obstacles and pitfalls along the way to become among the top 3% of all evidence-based diabetes prevention programs in the U.S.

As a trainee, you get to benefit from our struggles and our success. Our 2-day training is a perfect fix of info-tainment (i.e. laugh while you learn), what to do, and what NOT to do.

Traditional Lifestyle Coach Training classes cover the basics:

  • Providing the CDC curriculum
  • Providing the Participant handouts to accompany the curriculum
  • Teaching you about the research behind DPP
  • Most of the time spent in the training is going through lessons one-by-one.

Our approach is different.

In addition to providing you with the same materials which tells you WHAT to do; we also focus on teaching you HOW to be successful. It’s easy to tell someone what not to do, but how that translates to a person’s unique lifestyle is what counts. The results are more successful among participants and a more fulfilling experience for you.

Participants don’t come to a diabetes prevention program for the information in the curriculum – information which can easily be found within the pages of a handout. They come to class to learn HOW to apply this information into their lifestyle. A successful CDC Lifestyle Coach must be able to move away from teaching and towards facilitating conversation and actions that will lead to behavior modification.

How do we get you, a future CDC Lifestyle Coach, on course?

Our training has 4 main components:

  • Turning the CDC Curriculum into a class (What, Say and Do)
  • Art of Facilitation (How to turn information into application)
  • Making the content fit the culture (Make it work for your audience)
  • Key to Success and Overcoming Obstacles (Do this – Not that!)

We are constantly adjusting based on participant needs. The time spend on each component will change in order to best meet the needs of the group we are training. For example, some groups may need less time on facilitation and more on making the classes culturally appropriate.

Becoming a Certified Lifestyle Coach is just the beginning.

To provide a successful DPP, organizations must also consider:

  • Marketing and participant recruitment (Who qualifies vs. Who doesn’t)
  • Data collection and reporting
  • Participant engagement and participation
  • Lifestyle Coach retention
  • Program Scalability

So, in addition to the 14-16-hour training, we also offer a year of on-going program oversight and assistance. Not only will we answer your questions as they arise, we will also schedule conference calls or webinars to troubleshoot with your staff and lifestyle coaches and assist them as needed.

Upcoming Trainings

We will be hosting 2 trainings a month throughout CA, each with 10 – 12 available spots.  Many of our trainings are ‘private’ (i.e. for 1 organization), while others are open to anyone who would like to participate.

Please review our scheduled trainings below and reserve your spot, as soon as possible.

Don’t see a city or date that fits your needs? Contact us! We might be able to add a training to our schedule.

Date Location
January 16th – 17th

Ronald McDonald House

2555 49th Street

Sacramento, CA 95817

Champions for Health

5575 Ruffin Rd.

San Diego, CA 92123


Champions for Health

5575 Ruffin Rd.

San Diego, CA 92123

Our Clients

Lifestyle Coach Trainings (only)

University of Southern California, LA, CA

Scripps Whittier Diabetes Institute, La Jolla, CA

Blanca’s Wellness Network, Los Angeles, CA

ULink Care, China

Starfsendurhæfing Hafnarfjarðar, Iceland

Ferðafélag Íslands, Iceland

SÍBS, Iceland

Lifestyle Coach Training & Oversight

Champions For Health, San Diego, CA
Dignity Health, Merced, CA
Logan Heights Family Health Center, San Diego, CA

Jump Start for Health, San Diego, CA

San Diego American Indian Health Center, San Diego, CA

Vista Community Clinic, Vista, CA