Preventing and Managing Diabetes

We work with prediabetic and diabetic patients on how to prevent diabetes through healthy eating and managing diabetes by teaching patients how to monitor sugar levels and increase physical activity.

The Diabetes Prevention Program at Erie

1 in 3 adults living in the United States has prediabetes. This means that the level of sugar in your blood is higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed with diabetes.

The majority of people with prediabetes don't even know they that have it.

Erie offers a FREE program that is proven to prevent or delay Type 2 Diabetes. The program includes  sessions with a trained lifestyle coach to help you lose weight, eat healthier, be more physically active, and manage stress. You must be over 18 years old to participate.

If you think you are at risk for diabetes, email us at to learn more about our diabetes prevention program, or click below to find out if you are at risk.

If you are a community partner who would like more information about our program, please email us at

Diabetes Management with Erie Support Groups

Living with diabetes can be a long road, but it doesn’t have to be difficult – or scary. Learn more about diabetes by attending one of Erie's health promotions group classes, or by looking at some of the videos and handouts we have in the "handouts" and "videos" tabs on this page.

Our groups are open to the wider community, and friends and family of Erie patients are also welcome!

To register for our free groups, call 312-432-2763 or email

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Diabetes Month-by-Month

Our English Diabetes Month-by-Month group meets the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 5 PM.

Our Spanish Diabetes Month-by-Month group meets the 2nd Monday of every month at 5 PM.

Diabetes Month-by-Month Topics

January - Stress Management

February - Hypertension

March - Knowing Your Kidneys

April - Meal Planning and Recipes

May - Nutrition Labels and Carb Counting

June - Physical Activity

July - Lifestyle and Habit Change

August - Grocery Shopping for Managing Diabetes

September - Sleep and Mental Health

October - Health Literacy and Making the Most of Doctor's Visits

November - National Diabetes Month - Preventative Care

December - Building a Support Network to Help You Manage Diabetes

Cooking Matters®
(by Share Our Strength®)

This group meets every other month to provide easy, affordable, and family-friendly recipes, and teach individuals  with limited food budgets how to shop for and cook healthy meals. Open to all Erie patients and the community.

Running Club

This club teaches people of all ages how to gradually   become stronger and prepare to run or walk in a 5K race.

Nutrition 101

This group is open to individuals every other month interested in learning how to read nutritional labels, My Plate Method, understand how nutrition can impact test results associated to cholesterol, sugar levels, and blood pressures.

Gestational Diabetes

Gestational diabetes is a condition that causes high blood sugar during pregnancy and can cause complications for the baby and mother, if sugar levels are not controlled. While any pregnancy complication is concerning, there are things that expectant parents can do to help lower these complications. During pregnancy you can help control sugar levels to help with gestational diabetes by eating healthy foods, exercising and, if necessary, taking medication, attend prenatal appointments regularly, and follow doctor’s recommendations.

Additionally, having gestational diabetes might increase your risk of getting Type II Diabetes, and you will need to be tested for changes in blood sugar more often after pregnancy. Learn more about this risk and preventative steps you can take by attending one of our groups or watching and reading information about gestational diabetes have available for you.

Gestational Diabetes

Diabetes Video Library

English Videos

Spanish Videos

Contact Us 

Questions about the Erie Diabetes Prevention Program?
Contact us at, or call 312.432.2763.

Questions about other Erie Health Promotion groups?
Click here to download our flyer to learn more. If you have questions after reviewing our flyer, contact us at, or call 312.432.2763.

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