Yes. The LifeSteps® Leader Training focuses on skill building in the application of cognitive-behavioral strategies and behavioral feedback. The course also provides in-depth information on how these strategies are used in the LifeSteps® program. The Academy’s Certificate course is an excellent complement to, but not a substitute for, our LifeSteps® Leader Training.
While both programs teach similar concepts, overall, LifeSteps® is a more robust program than the DPP. A few of the differences include:
Possibly. Allowing only credentialed health professionals to become LifeSteps® Leaders helps to maintain the evidence-based foundation of the program. All non-RDN applicants must demonstrate ongoing continuing education in nutrition through workshops, seminars, conferences, etc. within the last 5 years and meet one of the following criteria:
Yes. The LifeSteps® materials account for over half the cost of training so sharing materials for both the course and teaching can significantly reduce the cost for additional leaders. Sharing generally works best if leaders work in the same location. Each situation varies and we are happy to discuss your particular situation with you.
Yes. Each participant in your LifeSteps® program needs their own Participant Notebook. You can recover the fees for the Participant Notebook by building them into the price you set for your program. Materials can be ordered online or you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The LifeSteps® Leader Course guides you through factors to consider when pricing your program, including LifeSteps® materials cost, your time and promotional activities. Our goal as a non-profit organization is to provide you with evidence-based materials at the least expensive cost so you can offer your program at a reasonable, competitive price.
LifeSteps® was designed for small groups, incorporating the important component of peer support, which research shows improves participant success. Occasionally, LifeSteps® leaders have used the program in one-on-one counseling, but it’s not the ideal format for the program.
Large groups don’t interact in the same way as smaller groups. Because LifeSteps® is a behavior change program, participants need to feel comfortable sharing, which is less likely in a large group. With larger groups, weekly sessions need to be longer in order for everyone to have an opportunity to share and discuss. Groups of 10-18 people are ideal because they are large enough to fully develop as a group, and yet small enough to provide the personal setting needed for successful behavior change.
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If you still want to see a hard copy of the program, yes, you can preview the Leader Guide and Participant Notebook. You must submit a $50 preview fee, pay shipping costs (USPS medium-size, flat-rate postage) and sign a Materials Preview Agreement. If you decide to complete the Leader Training within 6 months of previewing the materials, we will apply $50 to your LifeSteps® Leader Training fee.
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We recommend planning additional sessions of your own, but keep in mind that they should build or enhance skills, not just transmit information. Keep the sessions interactive with some structure. Consider topics, like a supermarket shopping, label reading or high-risk situation strategies. You can also review of one of the original 16 LifeSteps® sessions. Maintenance sessions can also cover personal issues, like choosing clothes for various body shapes. Just keep “skill building, interactive and structured” in mind when planning your sessions.