This story was originally posted on March 13th, 2020
Covid-19 Update - HabitNu moves all in-person Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) classes to its on-line delivery platform
CDC recognized HabitNu has been delivering both the online and in-person DPP since 2017. HabitNu DPP combines a digital version of the CDC curriculum with peer support and health coaching to help people make positive lifestyle changes. The program’s group setting provides a supportive environment for individuals facing similar challenges and barriers to health and wellness to learn new skills, set and meet goals, and receive the community support they need to live happier healthier lives!
HabitNu partners with pharmacies, fitness clubs and community health networks to deliver our in-person diabetes prevention program at partner organization locations in communities across the US, with partner organization staff as lifestyle coaches. In the past week, our coaches have noticed a drop off in participant attendance in our in-person classes as public awareness of Covid-19 pandemic increases and social distancing recommendations impact communities across the country. These participants are mostly seniors, often with preexisting health conditions and most vulnerable to anxiety, depression, loneliness, and stress.
HabitNu believes it is imperative to provide a semblance of normalcy in the lives of its members by continuing to deliver HabitNu DPP while keeping them connected to each other during these stressful times. HabitNu has instructed its coaches to shift all in-person classes to its online delivery platform to prevent interruption of the classes and the overall progress of our participants. Our goal is to have this transition completed by Monday, March 23. This shift to a virtual classroom will not be disruptive since most of our in-person participants use the HabitNu APP with its food diary, device connectivity and in-app messaging, and HabitNu Connect, our secure group chat portal through which individuals become part of a supportive community.
Our online DPP program will follow the recommendations provided in CDC’s “Guidance for CDC-Recognized Organizations on Alternative Program Delivery Options” memo dated March 12, 2020. Our partners and coaches will be reaching out to all participants over the next week to inform them of the newly implemented changes in the delivery of the DPP program. If you are a HabitNu participant and need more information on classes at your particular location, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 13, 2020