Diabetes Self-Management and Education workshops are given 2 ½ hours once a week for six weeks, in community settings such as churches, community centers, libraries, and hospitals. People with Type 2 diabetes attend the program in groups of 12-16. Workshops are facilitated from a highly detailed manual by two trained leaders, one or both of who are peer leaders with diabetes themselves.
Subjects covered include techniques to deal with the symptoms of diabetes, fatigue, pain, hyper/hypoglycemia, stress, and emotional problems such as depression, anger, fear, and frustration.
- Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength and endurance;
- Healthy eating
- Appropriate use of medication; and
- Working more effectively with health care providers.
Participants will make weekly action plans, share experiences, and help each other solve problems they encounter in creating and carrying out their self-management program. Physicians and other health professionals both at Stanford and in the community have reviewed all materials in the course.