Diabetes Self-Management Program

Learn how you can find a Diabetes Self-Management Program conveniently located throughout Delaware.

Diabetes Self-Management Program classes are conducted by two certified lay leaders — people who understand diabetes and can help you learn what you can do to stay healthy. The free program is given once a week for six weeks in community settings. Designed to help people gain self-confidence with their ability to control their symptoms and learn how their health problems affect their lives. Participants make weekly action plans, share experiences and help each other solve problems they encounter in creating and carrying out their diabetes self-management program.

Programs feature the following:

  • Small-group workshops — 12 to 16 participants
  • 2.5 hours of time per session
  • One session per week, for six weeks
  • Community settings such as senior centers, places of worship, provider offices, libraries, and hospitals
  • Rooms large enough for all participants to gather comfortably, plus space for two leaders and their materials
  • Accessible locations

People with diabetes and their caregivers attend together to:

  • Develop weekly action plans based on their needs
  • Share experiences
  • Help each other solve problems they encounter in creating and carrying out their self-management plan

Sessions are highly interactive and led by trained Lay Leaders.

Sessions focus on building skills, sharing experiences, and offering support. All programs are led by two of professional lay leaders. Lay leaders are people from the community who have experience in dealing with the same difficulties as those who are participating in the programs. They have received comprehensive in-person training to deliver the program content from a highly detailed manual.

Diabetes self-management programs will not conflict with existing programs or treatments.

Programs are designed to enhance regular treatment and disease-specific education that is often provided through accredited programs in hospital settings. The programs are designed to help people gain self-confidence in their ability to control their symptoms, and to control how their health problems affect their lives. These programs have been rigorously evaluated and are found to be effective tools to help people with chronic health conditions. In addition, many people have more than one chronic condition. Self-management programs are especially helpful for them, as the programs give participants the skills to coordinate all the tools they need to manage their health and stay active in their lives.

Existing treatments are not altered. If the content of the course conflicts with instructions that participants receive elsewhere, they are advised to follow their health care provider’s orders. For medical questions, participants are referred to their health care provider.


To register for a free six-week self-management program, please browse our offerings below.

The classes below are listed from New Castle County to Sussex County


Other organizations providing classes:

Statewide, by ZIP
Yes, to 10 hours
Varies
Yes
Depends on Insurance

What happens during diabetes education?

During initial visits, your diabetes educator will spend time with you developing a plan that helps you overcome the barriers you face in managing your diabetes, develop problem-solving and coping skills and adopt healthy behaviors.

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Wilmington
Yes
Varies
Yes
Depends on insurance

Diabetes Self-Management Education Program

Education from a multidisciplinary care team to help your child and your family have long-term success with your child’s diabetes management. Sessions available include networking nights with other families, education for onset diabetes and about medical nutrition, insulin pump and CGM devices and more.

Nemours Children’s Clinic
1600 Rockland Road
Wilmington, DE 19803
302-651-5965
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Dover
Yes
Sliding scale
Yes
Yes

Diabetes and You Education Program

Accredited by the American Diabetes Association, the program is designed to help you make the changes you want to manage your diabetes. Topics include health eating, being active, monitoring your blood glucose, problem solving, healthy coping and reducing risks. Most insurance carriers cover the cost of this education.

Bayhealth Kent General Hospital
640 South State Street
Dover, DE 19901
302-744-7135
Bayhealth Milford Memorial Hospital
21 West Clarke Avenue
Milford, DE 19963
302-744-7135
Millsboro
Yes
$400
Yes
Yes

Outpatient Disease Management: An Education Series

The 8-hour education series are conducted in two-hour and four-hour sessions and are provided during the week and on Saturdays. Topics covered include: understanding your life now that you have been diagnosed with diabetes, foods that are right for you, how to feel good for life and controlling your destiny. Education is provided by certified diabetes educators and registered dietitians.

Beebe Longneck Health Center
32060 Long Neck Road
Millsboro, DE 19966
302-947-2500
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Middletown, Newark, Smyrna, Wilmington
Yes
Depends on Insurance
Yes
Yes

Living with Diabetes outpatient program

Courses designed around key topics including: the basics of diabetes, eating healthy for diabetes, exercise, stress and diabetes, identifying high or low blood sugar, effective insulin therapy, insulin pumps and pregnancy and diabetes. Participants can attend some or all of the sessions. Daytime and evening classes are available at multiple sites. All sessions are taught by registered nurses and registered dietitians who are certified diabetes educators.

Christiana Hospital
4755 Ogletown-Stanton Road
Newark, DE 19781
302-661-3050
Middletown Care Center
124 Sleepy Hollow Drive
Middletown, DE 19707
302-661-3050
Newark Senior Center
200 Whitechapel Drive
Newark, DE 19713
302-661-3050
Riverside Medical Arts Complex
700 West Lea Boulevard
Wilmington, DE 19802
302-661-3050
Preventive Medicine and Rehabilitation Institute
3506 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE 19807
302-661-3050
Healthcare Center at Brandywine
1401 Foulk Road
Wilmington, DE 19803
302-661-3050
Smyrna Health and Wellness Center
100 S. Main Street
Smyrna, DE 19977
302-661-3050
Statewide
Free
Free
Free
No

Diabetes Self-Management Program

Six week program designed to help people gain confidence with the ability to control symptoms and learn how health problems affect their lives. Participants make action plans, share experiences and help each other solve problems.

Thomas Collins Building
540 S. DuPont Highway, Suite 10
Dover, DE 19901
302-744-1020
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Wilmington
Free
Free
Free
No

Diabetes Self Management Program

Six week program designed to help people gain confidence with the ability to control symptoms and learn how health problems affect their lives. Participants make action plans, share experiences and help each other solve problems.

601 New Castle Avenue
Wilmington, DE 19801
302-655-6187
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Georgetown, Seaford

Diabetes Self Management Program

Six week program designed to help people gain confidence with the ability to control symptoms and learn how health problems affect their lives. Participants make action plans, share experiences and help each other solve problems.

21444 Carmean Way
Georgetown, DE 19947
302-855-1233
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Seaford
Yes to Medicare, Depends on Insurance
Depends on Insurance
Yes
Yes

The Diabetes Connection: You’re in Control

A four-session diabetic program that includes weekly education sessions in a group setting. One family member or significant other is welcome to attend. Topics include: what is diabetes, physiology & self-care, meal planning, eating out, reading food labels, self blood glucose monitoring, medications used to manage diabetes, stress management and more.

801 Middleford Road
Seaford, DE 19973
302-629-6611 x2446
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Wilmington
Yes
$300
Yes
Yes

ABC Diabetes Education

Classes for people with diabetes and their family members that covers topics such as: what is diabetes, monitoring your blood, what to eat, physical activity, standards of care, stress management and staying healthy. Cost of the classes is covered by insurance. Classes are offered in Spanish.

7th and Clayton Streets
Wilmington, DE 19805
302-421-4325
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Wilmington, Dover, Newark, Bear, Middletown
Free
Free
Free
No

Diabetes Self-Management Program

Six week program designed to help people gain confidence with the ability to control symptoms and learn how health problems affect their lives. Participants make action plans, share experiences and help each other solve problems.

1802 West Fourth Street
Wilmington, DE 19805
302-655-5822 x210
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Statewide
No
$429
Yes
No

Diabetes Prevention Program

Designed for those who have been diagnosed as pre-diabetic or at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes. In a classroom setting, a trained lifestyle coach teaches participants how to change their lifestyle, by eating healthier, increasing physical activity, overcoming stress and staying motivated. Classes conducted in 16 core sessions over a period of up to a year.

Various statewide locations: call for the one closest to you.

302-572-9622

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Dining with Diabetes

Following a careful meal plan is the first step in managing diabetes and keeping blood sugars in a therapeutic range. This is also the hardest step in diabetes management. Dining with Diabetes helps by teaching persons with diabetes ways to reduce sugar, salt, and fat in foods, without giving up good taste.

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