Diabetes Education

The Diabetes Center provides group education for diabetes management. Whether you are newly diagnosed, or have had diabetes for some time, you can benefit from the information, which includes specific skills and behaviors to reduce the risk of complications. Classes are open to people with diabetes and a support person.

Physician referral required.  Call 203.694.5425 for information on cost/insurance coverage.

Class One - -"Getting Started" (3 hrs)

  • Diabetes Overview
    • What is Diabetes?
    • Blood Sugar Monitoring
    • Treating Low Blood Sugar
  • Nutrition Guidelines
    • Healthy Food Choices
    • Carbohydrate Counting
    • Heart Healthy Choices
  • Activity Guidelines
    • Activity Pyramid
    • Aerobic vs. Resistant Exercise

    Class Two - - "Moving Towards Better Control" (3 hrs)

    • Risk Reduction for Long Term Complications
    • Understanding Diabetes Medication
    • Meal Planning
    • Eating Out Guidelines
    • Reading Labels
    • Goal Setting

    Class Three - - "Planning For The Future" (3 hrs)

    • Foot Care
    • Sick Day Guidelines
    • Stress Management
    • Strategies for successful weight loss
    • Healthy strategies to lose weight and manage blood sugars
    • Calorie and carbohydrate-controlled menu plans