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Self-Management Education

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.