The Carea Community Health Centre’s Diabetes Education Program (DEP) provides education for patients living with Diabetes. The goal of the program is to empower clients through education and treatment. The Diabetes Team is also here to offer clients useful tools to positively cope, manage their condition and gain independence in living with diabetes.
The Diabetes Education Program offers the services of an inter-professional team, which consists of Registered Nurses (RN), Registered Dietitians (RD), consulting Endocrinologists and a Social Worker. The Team works collaboratively to ensure patients have access to diabetes education, support and resources close to home.
Diabetes Education, Counselling and Support
Registered Dietitians and Registered Nurses: This involves one-to-one counselling, education and support from Diabetes Educators (RN and RD) where the individual is taught to manage their type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes.
Social Worker: One to one counselling and support with a social worker helps individuals manage type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes, including mental health challenges.
Diabetes Groups: The Carea CHC DEP team offers groups to those that may benefit from an interactive learning environment and are facilitated by Diabetes Educators (RN and RD).
For more information please contact the Diabetes Education Team at 905-723-0036 x1268, click on the link attached or see our other program descriptions below on this page. These descriptions will provide you with in depth information regarding the educational programs.
We offer a variety of classes on various days, times and locations. Please contact us for more information
Diabetes Education Brochure
Your Journey to Wellness - Introductory Class for those with both Type 2 Diabetes
This program consists of one class facilitated by a Registered Dietitian and a Registered Nurse. They provide adult clients with Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes with information needed to make lifestyle changes including: What is diabetes?, risks and complications, healthy eating, physical activity, monitoring of blood glucose, medications, sick day management and self-management. This class is offered in morning, afternoon and evening sessions at our Oshawa location and is also offered at both our Pickering and Ajax locations. Call to register.
VON Exercise Class A gentle and progressive exercise class for people 55+ who want to be active in a social, community setting. Anyone can participate whether from a chair, using an aid or moving independently. Join in at any time! Individual Counselling The objective of this service is to address individual client needs, goal setting and selfmanagement skills that cannot be addressed in a group session. The client is assisted in developing personalized action plans which are reviewed at each visit. Insulin education is also provided in an individual session. In the initial visit, you will meet with both the Registered Nurse and Registered Dietitian. Follow up is based on individual need.
Doctor’s referral: Please ask your doctor or nurse practitioner to fax a referral and up to date lab work to 905-723-3391.
Self referral: If you are unable to receive a referral from your doctor or you do not have a family doctor, please contact Diabetes Education Team at 905-723-0036 x1268 and a self referral package will be mailed out to you. Once completed, please return the package plus up to date lab work to Carea CHC: Diabetes Education Program. If you don’t have a family doctor, be sure to check the box on the “Application for Clinical Services” form.
Upcoming Diabetes Cooking Classes at Carea’s Oshawa location: Call 905-723-0036 ext. 1268 to register
Looking for extra resources and tools to help manage your diabetes? Check out the following links!
- January 23, 2020: Meal Planning for Diabetes
- March 19, 2020: Meal Planning for Diabetes
- May 14, 2020: Where’s the Beef? – Plant Based Eating
- July 16, 2020: Dessert Makeover!- Low Carbohydrate Desserts
- September 17, 2020: Cooking for Families
Understanding Food Labels, Carbohydrate Counting, the Glycemic Index and Extra recipes
- Calorie King: This website and free phone application is a label Reading Tool that is ideal for comparing packaged foods and when eating out. Type the name of the food that you want to eat (e.g. Popcorn) and select the bran you want to see the nutrition facts:
- Video: Visit the following resource at Unlockfood.ca for videos on topics such as “The Nutrition Facts Table”, “The % Daily Values”, “Focus on Carbohydrates”