Provider: ACE - American Council On Exercise
Type: Online Course
Live Video
Online Content
Online Quiz
CEC Credits: ACE 1.0 CECs , ACSM - American College Of Sports Medicine 10.0 CECs, CDR - Commission on Dietetic Registration 10.0 CPEUs

Expand Your Impact, Increase Your Income by Coaching Lifestyle-change Strategies to Fight the Diabetes Epidemic

Prediabetes and the subsequent development of type 2 diabetes are among the greatest health risks of our time. More than 30 million Americans have type 2 diabetes and another 84 million suffer from prediabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

If you are looking to make a difference in the fight against diabetes, the Diabetes Prevention Coaching course is for you. This course reinforces your knowledge about healthy habits and equips you to coach clients using evidence-based disease-prevention strategies that address physical activity, nutrition and lifestyle behavior change together. You will learn how to apply behavior-change coaching methods through realistic coaching scenarios. Upon completion of this course, you will become well prepared to create and deliver diabetes prevention strategies, increasing your earning potential and expanding your impact by serving the growing number of people struggling with, or at risk, for diabetes.  

This interactive, engaging course is led by board-certified pediatrician and obesity medicine specialist Natalie Digate Muth, MD, MPH, RDN, FAAP, FACSM, nurse practitioner Beth Read, MS, FNP-BC, and health and fitness expert Chet Zelasko, PhD. This course features a new handbook that walks you through the process of becoming a diabetes prevention coach and provides the information, tools and training needed to have a significant impact on the health and quality of life of affected individuals.  

Career Outlook

The Diabetes Prevention Coaching course offers a new path forward in your career—a path that includes the potential to boost your income and make a significant impact on the health of the many individuals affected by the epidemic of prediabetes. In fact, according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, 90% of people with prediabetes are unaware that they have the condition. Armed with the information and skills contained in the course, you will discover new opportunities to grow your career and become a go-to resource for clients. This expertise in diabetes prevention will also allow you to connect with the healthcare community to form a united front in the crucial battle against diabetes.

You will learn:

  • The causes, consequences and treatments for prediabetes—especially those that include nutrition and activity-based lifestyle changes
  • How to identify an individual’s readiness to make healthy changes and how to use appropriate coaching strategies for each “readiness” stage
  • How to coach clients using evidence-based disease-prevention strategies that address physical activity, nutrition and lifestyle behavior change together

There are no conflicts of interest for any individual in a position to control the content of this educational activity.

All modules include videos, readings from the ACE Diabetes Prevention Coaching Handbook eBook and practical activities. Modules 1, 2, 3 and 4 include a quiz; module 6 includes a final test. To pass the course, you must score 70% or higher on each quiz and the final test.

This module describes the risk factors and natural course of prediabetes, evidence-based guidelines to help prevent, treat and reverse the natural course of prediabetes, and best practices for a multidisciplinary team to optimize prediabetes and diabetes outcomes.
This module outlines the process of developing a behavior-change plan based on a client’s readiness to change. The lesson provides an introduction to motivational interviewing, key adult learning principles, and the three pillars of diabetes self-management. It also outlines key principles for designing successful behavior-change interventions.
This module describes the role of nutrition in the prevention and treatment of prediabetes, along with the general nutrition guidelines for individuals with prediabetes. It also provides actionable tips and nutrition information to help individuals with prediabetes make healthful nutrition choices.
This module describes the effect of physical activity on the natural course of prediabetes, explains the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans and how they apply to individuals with prediabetes and outlines how to design a basic exercise program for an individual with prediabetes that takes individual factors into consideration.
This module brings coaching concepts presented in this course to life with realistic coaching scenarios. It identifies several potential resources to support the development and implementation of a diabetes prevention program, explores how to effectively communicate with physicians and other healthcare providers who may be a source of referrals and outlines how to develop and implement a marketing plan to increase program reach.
This module brings together all the information learned in the first five modules in a final test.

CEC Credits

Approved by the following organizations for continuing education hours:

ACSM - American College Of Sports Medicine
10.0 CECs

ACSM - American College Of Sports Medicine CEC Approval

The American College of Sports Medicine's Professional Education Committee certifies that "American Council on Exercise" meets the criteria for official ACSM Approved Provider status from (2021 - December 2023). Providership # 687637

CDR - Commission on Dietetic Registration
10.0 CPEUs


Overall good material and lots of application tools.

The information provided was excellent but my biggest complaint was the difficulty understanding how to navigate through the course between proceeding to the next module and then finding the text book in the library and juggling between the two. I believe myself to be pretty good with technology but this was difficult and frustrating for me.

Learned a lot, it was very beneficial as a fitness professional.