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Marlayna Bollinger

Marlayna Bollinger

san diego ca


The Skinny Gene Project was the first organization in San Diego County to join the National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) to meet the growing demand for effective programs to help adults prevent type 2 diabetes.

We are also the first organization in the county to be awarded CDC Full Recognition - a prestigious designation given to organizations that have proven to execute the program in accordance with the high standards of the CDC and helped participants reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by at least 58%.

We are using our experience to not only launch our programs all over San Diego County but also assist other organizations to launch successful DPPs, as well. Our expertise aids our advocacy efforts, including helping to write state and federal legislation for diabetes prevention program.   


Barbara Gesell (Director of Diabetes Prevention Programs) and Marlayna Bollinger (Executive Director) understand how difficult it can be to provide a DPP. Their unconventional, interactive training incorporates lessons learned ( i.e what not to do), keys to success, and teaches participants HOW to be an effective lifestyle coach.

The lead trainer, Barbara Gesell, is one of the few Master Trainers in California eligible to train people to become LSC’s for the CDC DPP. She is also the Director of Diabetes Prevention Programs for the Skinny Gene Project.


Lifestyle Coach Trainings (only)

Scripps Whittier Diabetes Institute, La Jolla, CA

Blanca’s Wellness Network, Los Angeles, CA

ULink Care, China

Starfsendurhæfing Hafnarfjarðar, Iceland

Ferðafélag Íslands, Iceland

SÍBS, Iceland

Lifestyle Coach Training & Oversight

Logan Heights Family Health Center, San Diego, CA

Jump Start for Health, San Diego, CA

San Diego American Indian Health Center, San Diego, CA

Vista Community Clinic, Vista, CA

Available Courses

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