Diabetes Self-Management Program

What is the Diabetes Self-Management Program?
The Diabetes Self-Management Program Is a six-week workshop that helps people with diabetes to better manage their symptoms and their daily lives. The workshop provides information and teaches practical skills. It gives people the confidence and motivation they need to manage the challenges of living with diabetes.
For an overview of the Diabetes Self-Management Program, click here.

Who can attend?
Adults experiencing type 2 diabetes as well as their family, friends and/or caregivers.

What does it cost to attend?
It is FREE to participants, and participants receive the Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions course book. Participants must pre-register for a workshop and encouraged to attend all six sessions.

What happens in the workshop?
Workshop groups meet once a week for 2.5 hours, over six weeks. There are ten to sixteen participants in each workshop. In the workshop, you will learn how to:
  • use the skills needed for day-to-day management of diabetes and related symptoms
  • prevent low blood glucose
  • prevent or delay complications
  • plan low fat meals and read nutrition labels
  • communicate effectively with your health care team
  • manage medications
  • stress management
  • planning and problem solving
Participants take an active role in the workshop by setting weekly goals and providing feedback on how they managed.

Who leads the workshops?
The workshop is led by two leaders who have taken special training. The leaders are volunteers, many of whom have diabetes themselves.

Who developed the program?
The Diabetes Self-Management Program is a licensed program developed and researched at Stanford University. It follows a standardized format that is proven to help people learn to better manage the symptoms of diabetes. It is considered a best practice program in self-management.

What participants are saying about the program:
This course is the catalyst for change! After taking it, the impossible became simple, the steps to changing – easy. I believe anybody taking the Diabetes Self-Management course will come away with tools to help them take control and more easily manage their condition.

I have found the course very well presented, group participation worthwhile, and it has given me a greater understanding of how to live my life with diabetes.

How do I get involved?
Click here to find a workshop in your area.