The College of Health Sciences mission is to prepare and inspire health leaders, professionals, and consumers through collaborative and innovative approaches to education, research and community service.
The CDC Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) is a national evidence-based intervention to decrease risk of developing type 2 diabetes through sustainable lifestyle changes. Since 2017, WCU's DPP, has provided no cost self-care education for WCU faculty, staff, and the community as well as funded 3 senior undergraduate and 14 graduate students from several disciplines to attend a two-day certification training as Lifestyle Coaches, a necessary step to become DPP facilitators. The students facilitate meetings, develop education materials, and conduct research. Under the direction of Dr. Patricia Davidson (Nutrition) and Dr. Melissa Reed (Kinesiology), the WCU DPP is structured as a 1-year intervention, divided into 16 weekly 1-hour sessions, followed by 6 monthly 1-hour sessions.