The ValleyCare Diabetes Education Program has been recognized by the American Diabetes Association for Quality Self-Management Education.
Through our education programs, you will learn skills to manage your diabetes. Education programs consist of the Living Well with Diabetes small-group classes, individual education sessions and community education seminars. Skills learned include the following:
Healthy eating: Make healthy food choices, understand portion sizes and eat right for your lifestyle.
Being active: Develop an activity plan for overall fitness, weight management and blood glucose control.
Monitoring: Monitor blood glucose levels, blood pressure, cholesterol lab work and weight. Learn to interpret target values and how to use them effectively.
Problem solving: Sharpen problem-solving skills to make rapid, informed decisions about diet, activity and medications.
Reducing risks: Understand, seek and regularly obtain an array of preventive services to maximize health and quality of life.
Healthy coping skills: Set achievable behavioral goals and work through obstacles, fears and doubts.
Living Well With Diabetes—Group Classes
In these interactive, small-group classes, you will learn to:
- Enjoy eating using a personalized plan
- Monitor your blood sugar
- Control your hemoglobin A1C, cholesterol and triglycerides
- Prevent/reduce complications
- Use your medications effectively
- Manage stress and increase physical activity
At each class you will:
- Have your blood pressure monitored and glucose tested
- Learn how to problem solve and set goals
- Receive professional expertise from certified diabetes educators
A new class begins the second Wednesday of each month. The three-session class meets over the course of two months for a total of 7.5 hours. Registration and a physician referral are required. For session dates, call 925.416.6710. Download a Living Well With Diabetes flyer.
Individual Diabetes Education Session
One-on-one education sessions are available to those who may require individualized diabetes education. This may include but is not limited to those individuals requiring follow-up after the group classes or those with special needs such as visual or hearing impairment, physical limitations or non-English language needs.