The BasicsWhat is Prevent?
Prevent is an innovative, 16-week program designed to help individuals lose weight, which has been shown to help reduce behavioral risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes. The program is based on clinically-proven science and focuses on guiding participants toward reaching modest weight loss and activity goals through nutrition and behavioral changes. Prevent brings together the individualized attention of professional health coaches with a researched curriculum and manageable but powerful goals. The Prevent program is a profound, lifestyle-changing experience.
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EligibilityWho is eligible for Prevent?
Prevent is available to people who want to lose weight, including those who have been diagnosed with prediabetes and to those who are at high risk for type 2 diabetes. The program focuses on weight loss through nutrition, physical activity, and behavioral change. You can determine your risk of prediabetes by taking the CDC Prediabetes Screening Test.
You can sign up for Prevent independently, but your company or health care provider may cover some or all of the cost. Please speak to your human resources department to find out more, or apply now as an individual.
Sign-up, Cost, and Getting StartedHow do I get started?
Join Prevent in three simple steps:
- Sign up (2 minutes). Visit www.preventnow.com or your company or health plan URL and click "Get Started." Here you'll enter brief contact and health information for our program advisor to review.
- Connect with Prevent (5 minutes). A Prevent program advisor will review your application and reach out to answer questions and guide you through the next step.
- Set up your account (15 minutes). Once accepted, you'll create a password and answer some health questions to set up your Prevent account.
Finally, the Prevent team will match you into a peer group, pair you with a health coach, and ship you a special Welcome Kit before your group kicks off!
You can sign up for Prevent as an individual or through certain health plans or employers. If you are signing up as an individual, please view pricing by visiting app.preventnow.com/signup.
If you are signing up through your employer or health plan, your pricing may vary or may be fully covered. To find out, visit the unique Prevent URL for your specific employer or plan. If you're not sure of your URL, contact your HR or member services department, or contact Prevent by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 1 (888) 409-8687.
Congratulations! You've made the first step down the path to good health, and we look forward to working with you to get you there. Now that you have applied, your application will be reviewed and we may contact you by phone within a week or so to chat about your needs and goals. Following our conversation, we will match you with a health coach and a small group to get you started on the program as soon as possible.
Please be advised that we may choose not to kick off new groups on the Sundays before or after major U.S. holidays when those holidays may interfere significantly with shipping or group momentum. If you sign up near a holiday, we'll stay in touch and may delay your kick off by one week.
Small Group and Health CoachWhat will group interaction be like?
Tools and LessonsWhat type of scale is included?
The Prevent program does not prescribe a meal plan or tell you what you can and cannot eat. We don't encourage a crash-diet mindset. Instead, we work with you through lessons, food tracking, and the guidance of your health coach to learn how to make the healthiest possible choices for yourself independently and sustainably. While you're learning, we do provide an optional 2-week Kickstart Meal Plan for those who prefer more structure or guidance at the beginning. You do not have to follow the meal plan exactly or at all, but you may choose to follow it, use it as a recipe resource, or just look to it for a better idea of how balanced meals are formed.
If you follow a particular diet for cultural, religious, or medical reasons, or just by choice, your health coach can work with you to take the information learned in lessons and apply that learning to your unique lifestyle.
Because Prevent focuses on building healthy habits that you can sustain over time, you will not be asked to count calories during the program. Awareness of what you eat is more important to long-term health than counting every calorie, and it's also a more sustainable lifestyle choice.
Time CommitmentWhat is the time commitment for the Prevent program?
Participation in Prevent requires 16 weeks of dedicated involvement followed by 8 months of involvement at your own pace. During the first 16 weeks, participants complete weekly lessons, record what they eat, communicate regularly with their group members and health coach, and practice what they learn. This can take 2-3 hours per week on average, although it can take more time and the time spent implementing lifestyle changes is difficult to measure. Fortunately, the online format means the time you spend can easily adapt to your schedule.
The 8 months following the 16-week core phase is called the Sustain phase. During this time, participants stay in contact with their small group and meet a larger network of Prevent alumni. They complete monthly lessons and choose their course of action more independently. The time commitment during the Sustain phase is somewhat decreased and is determined more independently.
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