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A Diabetes Education Program (DEP) is a place that provides people with the information, skills and confidence they need to manage diabetes and lead a healthy life.
Family members and friends of someone living with diabetes can also attend a DEP.
DEPs can be located in community health centres or other community-based locations. They may also be located in hospitals (and are called Diabetes Education Centres or DECs).
Most DEPs will accept a self-referral so you can contact them yourself for an appointment. Some DEPs require a referral from a health professional.
To find a DEP in your area: Call EatRight Ontario at 1-877-510-510-2 and speak to a Registered Dietitian about the diabetes services available in your neighbourhood.
Your family doctor or other health professional can also refer you to a DEP.
Some DEPs may have longer waiting periods depending on their location and the services offered.
No. There is no charge to attend a publicly funded DEP.
A team of health care professionals, which may include:
DEPs offer group education classes and one-on-one counselling. Classes cover many topics for preventing and managing diabetes. They usually take place over a few days. They may also take place on a weekly or monthly basis.
You will learn about topics like:
Attending a DEP can help you manage your diabetes and connect with other people living with the same condition. You will have the help of a diabetes team who can answer any questions you may have. Best of all, it’s free to attend.
To find a DEP in your area, call EatRight Ontario at 1-877-510-510-2 and speak to a Registered Dietitian about the diabetes services available in your neighbourhood.
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