Our Diabetes Management Program aims to provide support and education to individuals living in the Parkdale CHC catchment area who:
- Have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes
- Have prediabetes
- Are at high risk of developing diabetes
Our Diabetes Nurse Educator and Diabetes Dietitian see individuals in one-on-one appointments, hold education and support groups, and work with community partners in Parkdale.
A referral from a doctor or health care provider is not necessary to book an appointment. Simply call PCHC or stop by to make an appointment with the Diabetes Nurse Educator and/or Diabetes Dietitian.
The Diabetes program offers the following programs:
Support Group (Drop-in):
- Living Well Lunch Club: a monthly drop-in where clients with diabetes cook, share a meal together and support one another on their emotional journey with diabetes. Held the second Monday of each month from 11:30AM-2PM. To register, please call Mel: 416.537.0275, ext. 236.
Physical Activity Groups (Drop-in, but you must have waiver signed by your doctor before participating):
- Steps Across Parkdale: a weekly walking group targeting those with diabetes to increase activity and decrease social isolation. Held Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30PM.
- Gentle Exercise Class: a gentle strength and stretching group exercise class let by our physiotherapist, Ana Maria. Held Fridays from 10:45AM-12:00PM.
Education Groups (Pre-registration required):
- Living Life Well with Diabetes: a hands-on diabetes management group aimed at increasing participants’ knowledge, skills, and confidence relating to diabetes management. Held in the fall.
- Helping You Cope: participants will learn how to improve their coping and self-care practices, replace self-defeating thoughts and actions with wellness promoting actions and be empowered to take control over their lives. Held in the spring.
- Healthy Eating on a Budget: learn how to plan menus, grocery shop, and prepare healthy meals during this six week program led by our Diabetes Nurse Educator and Diabetes Dietitian. This program is open to individuals with diabetes or pre-diabetes. Held in the spring.
- Craving Change™: participants will explore their relationship to food, why they eat, and learn strategies to change their problematic eating. Held in the summer.
- Support to Quit: a program that provides clients with with behavioural strategies, motivation, confidence and support to quit smoking.
For more information, or if you would like to register in any of the above groups, please call Mel at 416.537.0275, ext. 236.