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Diabetes Self-Management Program Workshops

You Can Manage


Diabetes Self-Management Program Workshops Help You:


Feel better – Increase your energy and get relief from pain, fatigue, and difficult emotions.

Take control of your life – Helps you do the things you want to do each day.

Get connected – Learn from others who have similar health issues.


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The Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP) is a 6-session health education program for people dealing with diabetes.  The workshop complements the health care participants may already be receiving. The purpose of the Diabetes Self-Management Program is to enhance one’s skills and ability to manage their health and maintain an active and fulfilling lifestyle.


In  addition,  participants  learn  or  enhance their problem-solving and decision-making skills  to  enable  them  to  confront  the ever-changing challenges of living with diabetes. The course is facilitated by two trained Niagara County Department of Health nurses. Participants are invited to bring a family member, friend and/or caretaker.  Program content includes:





  • Decision making and problem solving skillspicture of adults outside
  • Developing and maintaining a safe, long-term physical activity program
  • Preventing complications
  • Dealing with difficult emotions, such as anger or depression
  • Communicating effectively with family, friends and health professionals
  • Using prescribed medication appropriately
  • Healthy eating
  • Monitoring signs and symptoms
  • Skin and foot care
  • Planning for future health care

RESULTS:  Program participants demonstrated improved health status and health behavior.  They stated they had greater confidence in their ability to manage their diabetes effectively and four months after completion of the workshop, noted fewer emergency rooms visits.  One year after completion of the workshop, their improvements were maintained and remained significantly different from baseline condition.


  • Better communication with physicians
  • Better coping strategies and symptom management
  • Increased physical activity
  • Reduced health distress

Click this link for materials to assist you with Facing Diabetes Lifestyle Changes.

Sponsored by:

Niagara County Department of Health Nursing Division

Niagara County Office for the Aging




The Dale Association 

33 Ontario Street, Lockport, NY


6-week workshop begins Friday, June 10, 2022 and

meets every Friday from 9:00 am to 11:30 am through July 15, 2022




North Tonawanda Public Library 

505 Meadow Drive, North Tonawanda, NY


6-week workshop begins Friday, July 8, 2022 and

meets every Friday from 9:00 am to 11:30 am through August 12, 2022



New workshops are added throughout the year as they are scheduled.

For more information or to register for a workshop, call us at:

Niagara County Department of Health (716) 278-1900
Niagara County NY Connects (716) 438-3030 OR
email us at

or register online at

Page last updated 5/11/2022

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