Living Well with Diabetes

Living Well with Diabetes is also known as Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP).

This program is designed for people with type 2 diabetes and how to live well. Topics include: techniques to deal with the symptoms of diabetes, fatigue, pain, hyper/hypoglycemia, stress, depression, anger, fear and frustration; appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength and endurance; healthy eating, appropriate use of medication; and working with health care providers.

The Diabetes Self-Management workshop is given 2½ 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 workshop in groups of 12-16. Workshops are facilitated from a highly detailed manual by two trained Leaders, one or both of whom are peer leaders with diabetes themselves.

Subjects covered include:

  1. Techniques to deal with the symptoms of diabetes, fatigue, pain, hyper/hypoglycemia, stress, and emotional problems such as depression, anger, fear and frustration
  2. Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength and endurance
  3. Healthy eating
  4. Appropriate use of medication
  5. 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, diabetes educators, dietitians, and other health professionals both at Stanford and in the community have reviewed all materials in the workshop.

Each participant in the workshop receives a copy of the companion book, Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions, and an audio relaxation tape.

It is the process in which the program is taught that makes it effective. Classes are highly participative, where mutual support and success build the participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives.

The program does not conflict with existing programs or treatment. Treatment is not altered. For medical questions, participants are referred to their physicians or diabetes educators. If the content of the workshop conflicts with instructions they receive elsewhere, they are advised to follow their physicians’ orders and discuss discrepancies with the physician.

Find a Class in Your Community

Juniper logo with tan background Juniper has a list of evidence-based classes and leader training throughout the state of Minnesota. To find a Living Well with Chronic Conditions class nearest you, visit their website at and enter your zip code in the search field.

Become a Leader

Leader Training Opportunity:

This is an opportunity for your organization to be trained as a Leader in Living Well with Diabetes and be able to offer this workshop in your community. Living Well with Diabetes is designed to help adults with type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes learn self-management skills and increase their confidence level in managing their diabetes. The interactive curriculum includes topics such as:

  • Techniques to deal with the symptoms of diabetes, such as:
    • 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
  • Working more effectively with health care providers
  • Participants learn to make weekly, realistic, achievable “action plans.”

Workshops are facilitated by 2 trained leaders.  We offer two different training options for those interested in becoming a DSMP class leader.

  • If you are already a CDSMP class leader and are actively teaching classes in your community, you can go through the one day Leader Cross-Training.
  • If you are not a CDSMP class leader, you will need to attend the four day leader training.

Organizations are encouraged to train at least 2 leaders or more as this allows for flexibility in scheduling community workshops.

2018 Dates Location Registration Fee Registration Form
December 12 Willmar $70

Leader Cross-Training

Online Registration

You MUST be a current Living Well with Chronic Conditions class leader to take this class.

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Leader Tools

Living Well with Diabetes (DSMP) Tool Kit for Leaders Outline

These are tools that leaders will need to use to host a Living Well with Diabetes (DSMP) Class.

  1. Planning Checklist
  2. Notification Form – No longer used. Please create class on
  3. Class Specific Forms
    1. Attendance Log
    2. Participation Information Survey
    3. Participant Post-Program Supplement Form
    4. Participant Completer Certificate Template
  1. Marketing Templates
    1. Flyer
    2. Brochure
    3. Instructions for Flyer and Brochure
  2. Elevator Speech
  3. Marketing in the Media
  4. Presentation Guide
  5. Fact Sheet
  6. Participant Letter to Physicians
  7. Share Your Story Form
  8. Photo Release

Contact us to learn more about Living Well with Diabetes

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