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Skinny Gene Lifestyle Coach

Are you passionate about helping others lead a healthier life? Does the thought of facilitating personal growth among a group excite you?


Then becoming a CDC certified Lifestyle Coach for Skinny Gene Project may be just what you’re looking for.


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, our future lifestyle coach, on course?


Our training has 4 main components:

  1. Turning the CDC Curriculum into a class (What, Say and Do)

  2. Art of Facilitation (How to turn information into application)

  3. Making the content fit the culture (Make it work for your audience)

  4. 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.


About the Skinny Gene Project

The Skinny Gene Project was the first organization in San Diego County to join the National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) to meet the growing demand for effective programs to help adults prevent type 2 diabetes.

We are also the first organization in the county to be awarded CDC Full Recognitiona prestigious designation given to organizations that have proven to execute the program in accordance with the high standards of the CDC and helped participants reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by at least 58%.

We are using our experience to not only launch our programs all over San Diego County but also assist other organizations to launch successful DPPs, as well. Our expertise aids our advocacy efforts, including helping to write state and federal legislation for diabetes prevention program.   


Meet the Dynamic Duo

Barbara Gesell (Director of Diabetes Prevention Programs) and Marlayna Bollinger (Executive Director) understand how difficult it can be to provide a DPP. Their unconventional, interactive training incorporates lessons learned ( i.e what not to do), keys to success, and teaches participants HOW to be an effective lifestyle coach.


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The lead trainer, Barbara Gesell, is one of the few Master Trainers in California eligible to train people to become LSC’s for the CDC DPP. She is also the Director of Diabetes Prevention Programs for the Skinny Gene Project.


Ready to turn your passion into a lifestyle?

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