Self-Management Education

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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.

Contact Us

Diabetes and Nutrition Education Center

ValleyCare Medical Plaza at West Las Positas in Stoneridge

5725 W. Las Positas Blvd., Suite 220

Pleasanton, CA 94588

Get driving directions and map

Phone: 925.416.6710

Fax: 925.416.6722

Hours: Monday–Friday, with some flexible evening hours.

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