Diabetes Education

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Newly diagnosed or need help managing diabetes? We offer workshops, classes and support groups designed just for you.

Diabetes Workshops

Learn how to take control of your disease through self-management skills that will help you stay well and prevent further complications. Workshop topics include:

  • Pre-Diabetes and Diabetes Overview
  • Healthy Eating and Physical Activity
  • Heart Health and Diabetes
  • Diabetes Medications
All classes are open to the community. To register for any of the sessions below, contact our Diabetes Navigator at 209.944.8355.

Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP)

Deep is an evidenced-based education program that is interactive and engaging for participants.  It motivates and encourages lifestyle changes to improve the quality of life.

Date/Time: Call for current class schedule. 
Location: St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Cleveland Classroom
Cost: These classes are free of charge.
Registration Information: Registration is required and family members are welcomed to attend.

Evening Diabetes Support Group

Date/Time: Every 3rd Wednesday of the month, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Location: St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Cleveland Classroom (corner of Cemetery Lane and East Cleveland Street) 
Cost: Free of charge
Registration Information: Registration is required and family members are welcomed to attend. Call 209.662.9487.

Sweet Journey 101

This 2 hour workshop is a one-time course geared to offer you tips and tools to better manage your health for a sweet, life’s journey.  This workshop offers basic information about diabetes in a fun and interactive manner to inspire you to learn more about managing your health.

Dates for 2020: Jan. 27, Feb. 3, Mar. 9, Apr. 13, May 11, Jun. 8, Jul. 13, Aug. 3, Sep. 14, Oct. 5, Nov. 2, Dec. 14
Time: 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. 
Location: St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Classroom 4
Cost: Free of charge.
Registration Information: Registration Required. Class subject to cancellation.  Family members are welcomed to attend.

Sugar Fix Support Group

When it comes to dealing with diabetes, “fixing” sugar is not as sweet as it sounds.  That’s why we offer support and education to help you keep your numbers in a healthy range.

Date/Time: Support group meets every third Thursday monthly, from 3:30 pm to 5:00 p.m.
Location: St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Classroom 1

2020 Topics

January 16: Skip the Stick – Sensory Technology
Topic: Are you ready for real-time, continuous glucose monitoring?
Speaker: Chantha Mikami, Diabetes Service Specialist

February 20: Minor Infections Can Lead to Major Issues
Topic: Learn the signs of sepsis and how to avoid hospitalization.
Speaker: Tarandeep Kaur, M.D., Endocrinologist

March 19: The Good and the Bad of Fad Diets
Topic: Overview of Keto, Intermittent Fasting, and others.
Speaker: Meagan Maggiore, Clinical Dietitian

April 16: Know Your Health Numbers – It’s Critical!
Topic: Understand the target ranges for improved health overall.
Speaker: Kwabena Adubofourm MD. , F.A.C.P.

May 21: Trouble Controlling the Way you Eat?
Topic: Help for those addicted to food.
Speaker: Friends from Food Addicts in Recovery

June 18: Forgetfulness or Something More?
Topic: Understanding Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease.
Speaker: Rita Vasques, MA, Hospice of San Joaquin

July 16: Health & Intimacy
Topic: Why men need to talk to their doctor about Erectile Dysfunction.
Speaker: Paul Lee, MD, Urologist

August 20: Get Kidney Smart
Topic: Learn how choices today, can cause future damage to your kidneys.
Speaker: Cindy Harrison, DaVita

September 17: DKA – A Common, Yet Avoidable Hospital Admission
Topic: Learn the signs and severity of Diabetic Ketoacidosis
Speaker: Manny Alfonso, RN, Clinical Nurse Specialist

October 15: Take the Time to Decide On How You Want to Live
Topic: A conversation about Advance Care Planning
Speaker: Rev. Gerry Grossman, Chaplain

November 19: Tis’ the Season to Be Happy!
Topic: Practical tips and tools for dealing with depression
Speaker: Dyane Medina, MSW, Community Health Social Worker

December 17: A Sweet Celebration
Topic: Fun activities and refreshments in gratitude for another year.
New members and caregivers welcome!
Speaker: Rose Castellanos, RN Certified Diabetes Educator


Diabetes Exercise Class

Exercise in a supervised safe environment with an individualized program. Regular exercise has been shown to help control blood sugar as well as lower the risk of diabetes related health complications such as heart disease and stroke.

  • Classes will be held twice a week at St. Joseph’s Medical Center
  • Each participant will have an individual evaluation and personalized program
  • Classes are designed to build strength, and increase endurance and flexibility
  • Classes supervised closely by qualified exercise trainers.

For more information or to register, please contact Paul Vosti at 209.461.5157 or [email protected].