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Rally Health’s Real Appeal Diabetes Prevention Program Earns CDC Full Recognition

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Digital health company Rally Health, Inc., part of health services leader Optum, announced today that its digital Real Appeal Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) has received full recognition from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), signifying that its science-based program meets CDC standards and delivers an effective, proven diabetes prevention lifestyle change program.

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The Real Appeal DPP was built upon the foundation of Rally’s Real Appeal® personalized online weight-loss program that was introduced four years ago and has since helped 700,000+ people lose collectively more than 2.5 million pounds. Both programs offer intensive lifestyle intervention to help individuals learn how to make small, simple lifestyle changes – over time – for living a healthier life. The Real Appeal DPP offers expanded programming specifically to help participants prevent or reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

“With this CDC full recognition validating the effectiveness of our Real Appeal DPP, we’re eager to accelerate our work with employers and health plans to spread the message that most cases of type 2 diabetes – 9 out of 10 – are preventable by making lifestyle changes, and Real Appeal can help them make those changes,” said Brenda Yang, COO, Rally Health.

The CDC awards full recognition to diabetes prevention programs that meet its strict standards, which include the use of a CDC-approved curriculum; the use of trained lifestyle coaches who help participants develop the skills necessary to make lasting lifestyle changes; and a commitment to provide a year-long program that includes at least 16 coaching sessions during the first six months and six in the last six months. The CDC’s recognition program requires that a certain percentage of participants be diagnosed with prediabetes through blood testing.

Rally’s Real Appeal DPP met and in some cases exceeded the required standards. Its 52-week program, which is offered at no additional cost to eligible members as part of participating employee benefits plans, offers 32 60-minute group sessions online led by a personal coach. There are 26 weekly sessions in the first six months, and six monthly sessions in the last six months. In each session, participants work with their coach to cover the CDC’s Prevent T2 content and view videos developed by Real Appeal and approved by the CDC that highlight healthy lifestyle habits. Additionally, digital tools are available 24/7.

About Rally Health, Inc.

Rally Health, Inc. is a consumer-centric digital health company that makes it easy for individuals to take charge of their health and collaborates with health plans, health care providers, and employers to engage consumers. The company’s flagship offering is Rally®, a leading digital health platform that delivers web and mobile solutions to help people manage their health and well-being, employee benefits, and health care needs. Nearly 55 million consumers have access to the Rally platform through more than 200,000 employers, and health plans including UnitedHealthcare, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, and Health Alliance. With eight offices across the U.S., Rally Health has been working since 2010 to transform the consumer health experience. Rally Health is part of the Optum business of UnitedHealth Group. For more information, please visit