Diabetes & You Education Series

Diabetes & You is a four part education series developed by Food Bank of Central New York using guided principles from accredited organizations such as the American Association of Diabetes Educators. Sessions are conducted in collaboration with our partner agencies. The program utilizes the AADE7 Self-Care Behaviors™ for effective diabetes self-management framework using the self-care workbook Living Well With Diabetes.

The initiative was developed in an effort to improve the overall knowledge of emergency food program guests at risk of diabetes or living with diabetes or prediabetes. The education series aims to inform them about the disease, how to improve self-management, ways to reduce risk, and what foods are appropriate to encourage a healthy lifestyle.

Sessions are scheduled with partner agency coordinators and conducted at their site once per week over a four week period by our registered dietitian. At the conclusion of each session, participants are provided with a free box of food. Each box contains foods to encourage healthy eating habits for people with diabetes. 

The Diabetes & You program does not replace individual counseling with a physician and it cannot substitute for sessions with a diabetes educator for people with diabetes.