Managing type 2 diabetes is essential to preventing or delaying the numerous health risks associated with the disease, including blindness, heart disease, kidney failure, stroke and loss of toes, feet or legs. For those who have diabetes, or are at risk for it, we provide education and support to help make healthy living easier for a longer, happier life.
Our diabetes education programs empower those who have been diagnosed with diabetes or prediabetes with knowledge and confidence to take control of their health and lower their chances for developing complications.
- Diabetes Education and Support is a free yearlong program for those with type 2 diabetes that is recognized by the American Diabetes Association as meeting the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education. It includes initial lab work, a live and interactive eight-hour class, quarterly follow-ups and multiple opportunities for continued education and support.
- Do Well, Be Well with Diabetes is a five-week series to help people with type 2 diabetes learn how to manage their blood glucose through basic nutrition and self-care management.
- ¡Si, Yo Puedo Controlar Mí Diabetes! is a seven-week diabetes self-management program for Spanish-speaking adults with type 2 diabetes. The aim of this research-based program is to educate, empower and equip participants to better control their diabetes using a real-world practical approach.
- Diabetes 1st Step: Live Healthy, Be Hopeful is a free online course that takes just over an hour to complete. Designed for people who are newly diagnosed, it covers topics such as the relationship between diabetes and health, how to manage diabetes with self-care habits, why healthy coping is important and where to find helpful resources.
- Wisdom, Power, Control is a seven-week diabetes self-management education program designed for multi-ethnic people with diabetes. It is a nationally recognized evidence-based curriculum.
To support healthy eating habits, we offer multiple nutrition education activities that enable participants to make smarter food choices for their families.
- Dinner Tonight offers live, interactive cooking demonstrations and online resources focused on nutrition, kitchen safety, best cooking practices and food safety.
- Diabetes Self-Management Nutrition Series focuses on meal planning for the prevention and management of diabetes, with an emphasis on carbohydrate counting and portion control.
- Growing and Nourishing Communities aims to increase the availability of healthy foods, specifically fresh produce, through the use of community gardens.
- Nutrition Education with Limited Resource Families engages families in education on the importance of staying healthy through good nutrition, food safety and how to spend food dollars wisely.
- Working on Wellness (WoW), funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, improves access to healthy foods in Hidalgo and Starr counties.
- Step Up Scale Down is a research-based program designed to help participants achieve and maintain a healthy weight in 12 weeks. The USDA Dietary Guidelines inform the program, which focuses on forming habits to promote health and reduce risk for chronic disease. Step Up Scale Down is available online or through face-to-face lessons with local county agents.
- Cooking Well with Diabetes and Cooking Well for a Healthy Blood Pressure provide hands-on instruction on meal planning and food preparation, specifically for prevention or management of diabetes or hypertension. Both programs include a series of educational events designed for people with diabetes or hypertension, or anyone who prepares food for them. Possible participants are those who have completed other community health and wellness programs or received referrals from a health care provider.
- Mobile Cooking Schools bring healthy cooking classes to anyone, anywhere by eliminating the need for a traditional kitchen. These classes are designed specifically for those who live in hard-to-reach, low-income and transportation-challenged areas. On-the-go kitchen kits help class hosts create a kitchen anywhere people gather and encourage hands-on food preparation as a part of the health lessons.
- Maintain No Gain is a six-week challenge to maintain pre-holiday weight or gain no more than two pounds during the holiday season. The program focuses on increasing physical activity and fruit and vegetable consumption through tracking and self-monitoring.
To help combat the health consequences of low physical activity, we support people of all ages in establishing the habit of regular exercise.
- Walk Across Texas brings together teams and individuals who challenge themselves to complete the 830 miles—the distance from El Paso to Texarkana—in just two months.
- Wellness Program is a 12-week fitness program tailored to individual needs with the goal of managing blood sugar for improved diabetes outcomes.
- Working on Wellness (WoW), funded by the CDC, increases the number of places to be physically active in Hidalgo and Starr counties.