Program Category: Diabetes Support
Diabetes Education Programs
Diabetes Education Programs (Toronto Central Region)
For individuals over 18 years of age living with or at risk of type 2 diabetes (some programs are able to support those with type 1 diabetes). Family, friends, & caregivers may attend.
During the COVID-19 Pandemic diabetes support is still being provided by a number of organizations. Some changes may have made to how the service is provided (e.g. over the phone instead of in person) and to what services can be offered at this time. If you need support please click on the green “Get Connected” box below.
What to Expect
- Programs are FREE (OHIP is not required) and are offered in many languages
- TTC fare and childcare may be available upon request
- Programs offer individual counselling and/or group workshops that support people living with or at risk of type 2 diabetes (e.g. those with prediabetes) by:
- Helping to set individualized reachable goals to improve their health;
- Minimizing their barriers to health (e.g. mental health, low income, housing, addictions, immigration status, etc.)
- Teaching them how to manage their diabetes and overall health through:
- healthy eating
- physical activity
- stress management
- foot care (all programs offer annual foot screenings & some programs offer ongoing foot care services)
- proper medication use (including support for starting and adjusting insulin)
- Collaborating with other members of the healthcare team (e.g. doctors, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, social workers, etc.) when needed
- Program staff include registered dietitians, registered nurses and may include outreach workers, program assistants, community members living with diabetes (i.e. peers) and other healthcare providers (e.g. chiropodists, social workers, registered kinesiologists, and physiotherapists)
Specific Program Details
There are a number of different diabetes education programs within this region. Unique information about each specific program can be found in the table below.