Holding an introductory session, or Session Zero, prior to a CDC-recognized lifestyle change program provides programmatic and strategic benefits for sites participating in the National Diabetes Prevention Program. Session Zero can help members of the diabetes care team determine participants’ eligibility, assess readiness for change, collect intake data, and ensure participants’ commitment to the program. Sites can also use Session Zero to achieve strategic outcomes to increase awareness of prediabetes, increase knowledge of diabetes prevention, strengthen relationships with community partners, and facilitate future recruitment. This program discusses Session Zero settings, activities, and strategies that accomplish both strategic and programmatic ends.
At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:
- Describe strategic and programmatic uses of Session Zero for CDC-recognized Lifestyle Change Programs.
- Discuss marketing strategies to broaden the appeal for Session Zero to employers, community partners, and a larger audience of participants.
- Identify settings for Session Zero presentations in local communities.
- Outline Session Zero activities that increase change talk, build confidence, and enhance participant readiness.
- Discuss opportunities for Session Zero/Brief Intervention programming in specific communities.