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 during 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 or participate in our group workshops. If you would like to see our Diabetes Nurse Educator or Diabetes Dietitian, please drop by to fill out an intake form. Our staff will then contact you to book an appointment.
If you’re not located in our catchment area, you may view a list of Diabetes Education Programs in the GTA to find one that is closest to you. In order to participate in a Diabetes Education Program in the GTA, you must fill out a referral form.
Education and support programs:
- Living Well Lunch Club: this program is a monthly drop-in during which 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 12:30-2PM.
- Living Life Well with Diabetes: in this eight-week hands-on program, participants will increase their knowledge, skills, and confidence relating to diabetes management. Held in the fall. Click here to read the program booklet.
- Helping You Cope: in this six-week program, 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.
- Plan Well, Budget Smart, Be Healthy: in this six-week program, participants will learn how to plan menus, grocery shop, and prepare healthy meals. This program is open to individuals with diabetes or pre-diabetes. Held in the spring.
- Craving Change™: in this three-week program, participants will explore their relationship to food, why they eat, and learn strategies to change their problematic eating. Held in the summer.
- Insulin Support Group: in this four-week program, participants will learn more about how to use insulin. This group is targeted towards individuals with type 2 diabetes who are currently using insulin, will be using insulin, or would like to learn more. Offered throughout the year.
- Monthly Workshops: we offer special cooking workshops throughout the year. Check our calendar for more details!
- World Diabetes Day: each year, in November, our team holds a special all-day event in celebration of World Diabetes Day. Join us for educational workshops and presentations, a health lunch, an exercise class, prizes and giveaways.
For more information, or if you would like to register in any of the above groups, please call Mel at 416.537.2455, ext. 236.
Physical activity programs:
- Gentle Exercise Class is a gentle strength and stretching group exercise class let by our physiotherapist, Ana Maria. This group takes place on a drop-in basis on Fridays from 10:45AM-12:00PM. Participants must have waiver signed by a doctor before participating. For more information about the Gentle Exercise Class, please call 416.537.2455.