This guide was created to be a starting point for you and your care team to find local programs and resources that can support your personal goals. These community supports can help you make changes to eat healthy, get fit, and avoid or manage diabetes.
Your care team can help you choose community programs that may be right for you. Be sure to call programs you select for the most up-to-date information.
Kids on the Move
Children’s Forest of Central Oregon
Kids On-the-Move! is a free afterschool program that offers active recreation opportunities to K-5th grade youth in schoolyards and local parks. Participants enjoy fund nature activities, active games, and team building. Open to all levels, with activities designed to go at your own pace. The program is offered in partnership with the Bend Park and Recreation District and Mosaic Medical.
Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP)
If you have prediabetes or other risk factors for type 2 diabetes, it’s time to take charge of your health. The Prevent T2 lifestyle change program can help you make lasting changes to prevent type 2 diabetes. With the Prevent T2 Program you get:
- The skills you need to lose weight, be more physically active, and manage stress
- A trained lifestyle coach to guide and encourage you
- Support from other participants with the same goals as you
- A year-long program with weekly meetings for the first 6 months, then once or twice a month for the second 6 months
- A CDC-approved curriculum
Call 541.322.7446 or visit us on the web at www.deschutes.org/preventdiabetes today!
Diabetes Self-Management Program
Living Well with Diabetes is a low-cost, evidence-based community resource that serves adults with type 2 diabetes, as well as their family and/or caregivers. These workshops are held in small groups, led by 2 trained leaders who have a personal connection with diabetes.
During these highly interactive classes, participants will learn what they can do to feel better and manage diabetes. Topics include: healthy eating and menu planning; preventing and minimizing complications of diabetes; monitoring blood sugar; including exercise in your daily routine; and getting the most from your health care visit.
Classes are 2.5 hours long and occur weekly for 6 weeks. Registration is $10 and includes a copy of the book, Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions. The fee is waived for anyone who cannot afford it.
High Desert Food and Farm Alliance
The Oregon Food Bank and the High Desert Food and Farm Alliance offer FREE 6 week cooking courses* to low income participants who learn to prepare nutritious and affordable meals.
- Receive a free recipe book with nutrition and cooking tips.
- Learn to shop smart at the store.
- Practice recipes at home with free ingredients!
Courses available in Bend, Madras, La Pine, Prineville, & Warm Springs throughout the year.
For more info and course schedules call Jess at 262.424.8481 or visit www.hdffa.org.
*Cooking Matters curriculum is designed for participants who are cooking and shopping for their households. Classes are open to households at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines.
Oregon State University Extension Service
Food Hero is a research-backed social marketing campaign providing community education along with PSE change activities aimed at increasing all forms of fruit and vegetable consumption among limited-income Oregonians.
Food Hero reaches families in multiple ways, including:
- The campaign website Foodhero.org, which provides hundreds of low-cost, healthy, tasty recipes and healthy eating and shopping tips.
- The Food Hero Monthly publication which focuses on a different topic each month and always includes a recipe.
Deschutes: Katie Ahern at 541.306.6067 or email@example.com
Crook/Jefferson/The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs: Olivia Davis at 541.475.0374 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Learn more at www.FoodHero.org.
Diabetes & Nutrition Programs
St. Charles Hospital
Diabetes and Nutrition Programs at St. Charles
Our programs are taught by Registered Dietician Nutritionists (RDN) and Registered Nurses (RN), including Certified Diabetes Educators (CDE).
Preventing Diabetes (Bend, Open to public $25)
This class helps prevent diabetes. Learn healthier habits for a long and healthy future. This class is not for people with diabetes, but is great if you have been told you have prediabetes.
Diabetes Self-Management Program (Bend/Redmond/Prineville/Madras)
Ask your doctor to refer you to this program. This program is for people with diabetes and their family members. You will meet with a nurse, a dietitian, and attend a group class to learn to improve your blood sugars and your total health.
Diabetes Follow Up (Bend, Open to public $30)
Free follow up class to the Self-Management Program is combined with Prep to Plate cooking class. Class is held every-other month, in Bend and Bend Senior High School 230 NE 6th Street.
Blood sugar check in is combined with cooking basics and healthy recipes in this “hands-on” class. Nutrition education, better blood sugars, and cooking savvy made fun, affordable, and easy. This class is taught by a registered dietician nutritionist (RDN).
Diabetes Support Groups (Bend, Free and open to public)
Group meetings of the didabetes support group offered at St. Charles supports you in managing your blood sugars and health. Talk with others with diabetes, learn about different health topics, and more! They are generally offered every other month and are advertised in the local newspapers as to date, time and location.
Contact Tracey Connell, Diabetes RN at 541.706.4986
Prep to Plate (Bend, Open to public $30)
This 90-minute class teaches basic cooking, meal planning and nutrition tips through hands-on cookign demonstrations and fun for the whole family! Learn how to make quick, easy, affordable and healthy meals. Learn basic kitchen techniques and tips and receive quality nutritional information from one of St. Charles’ registered dietitians.
For questions or more information call 541.706.6390
To register go to www.stcharleshealthcare.org and click on Classes and Events
Council on Aging of Central Oregon
COACO provides services for seniors including advocacy, family caregiver support program, health insurance counseling, health and wellness programs, information and referral, long term care ombudsman program, Oregon Project Independence (OPI), home delivered meals and nutrition education and counseling.
Call Melissa Melby at 541.678.5483 Ext. 109 or go to www.councilonaging.org for help locating resources.
Local Affordable Exercise Options
Local Affordable Exercise Options
American Diabetes Association
We lead the fight against the deadly consequences of diabetes and fight for those affected by diabetes.
- We fund research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes.
- We deliver services to hundreds of communities.
- We provide objective and credible information.
- We give voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes.
Visit www.diabetes.org for more information, or click here to enroll in the Living with Type 2 Diabetes Program.
Center for Disease Control
The Division of Diabetes Translation (DDT) is a part of the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The division has about 100 employees in Atlanta, Georgia, plus several public health advisors in the field.
CDC has had a diabetes division since 1977. In 1989, the name of the division was changed to Division of Diabetes Translation, meaning that the division translates science into daily practice. In our applied or “translation” research, we take information from clinical trials and incorporate it into clinical and public health practices.
Visit www.cdc.gov/diabetes/home for more information.