You can manage and maintain an active and fulfilling life by enhancing your skills and ability to manage Diabetes with this 6-session, 2.5 hour peer-led health education workshop that utilizes the evidence-based Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP) curriculum developed and tested by Stanford University. The Living Healthy with Diabetes workshop is designed to complement and enhance medical treatment and diabetes management with techniques to handle fatigue, stress, pain and emotions as well as healthy eating, monitoring, appropriate use of medication and skin and foot care.

The Diabetes Self-Management Program, developed by Stanford University’s Patient Education Research Center, is a six-week workshop that takes place once a week for 2½ hours and is facilitated by two trained Peer Leaders and/or Master Trainers. This program is designed to help people gain self-confidence in their ability to control their symptoms and how diabetes affects their lives.

This workshop teaches the skills needed in the day-to-day management of diabetes in order to maintain and/or increase an active and fulfilling lifestyle. The curriculum teaches self-managed lifestyle change and coping strategies to enable participants to manage their diabetes, medications and increase physical activity levels. People with type 2 diabetes attend this highly participative and supportive workshop.

The original Diabetes Self-Management Program was developed in Spanish. Results from the Spanish program showed that the program participants, as compared with usual-care control subjects, demonstrated improved health status, health behavior, and self-efficacy, as well as fewer emergency room visits at four months. At one year, the improvements were maintained and remained significantly different from baseline condition.