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UF Health Diabetes Education Program

Diabetes affects 29.1 million Americans, and an estimated 86 million are at high risk for developing the disease. The good news: as much as 80 percent of Type 2 diabetes is preventable by changing eating habits, increasing physical activity and making healthy lifestyle choices. 

Many people do not become aware that they have diabetes until they develop one of its life-threatening symptoms such as blindness, kidney disease, nerve damage, heart disease and stroke. However, through the use of educational tools for healthy eating, exercising and medication, leading a happy and healthy life with a diabetes diagnoses is possible.

Newly diagnosed with diabetes? Call 352.265.8548 to speak with a care coordinator today.

At UF Health, we strongly believe the best person to guide your diabetes management is you. 

The UF Health Diabetes Education Program empowers patients to take control of their Type 2 diabetes by providing the most up-to-date educational programming available to help diagnose, manage and treat the disease.

With the program’s unique “hands on” approach, people with diabetes can improve their quality of life while delaying and preventing the complications of this condition.

The UF Health Diabetes Self-Management Education Program is recognized by the American Diabetes Association for Quality Self-management Education

Adults can be referred to the program by their primary care physician or endocrinologist. Courses are taught by certified diabetes educators and other allied UF Health professionals.

Our program begins with a one-on-one individual clinical consultation with a UF Health certified diabetes educator. Then, participants attend a series of self-management and diabetes nutrition education classes led by nurses, dietitians, and other allied healthcare professionals. Assessment and treatment of all complications are also covered.

  • Visit 1: Assessment and Introduction to Diabetes (one hour individual appointment)
  • Visit 2: Diabetes Management Overview and Nutrition Strategies (4 hour group session)
  • Visit 3: Diabetes Self-Care and Lifestyle (4 hour group session)
  • Visit 4: Annual Follow-Up Visit (2 hour individual appointment)

If you are a UF Health provider and would like to refer patients, please fill out the UF Health Diabetes Education Program Referral Form. The  Diabetes Education Program at UF Health is covered by most insurance policies if the patient is referred by a physician. Financial counselors will work with patients and their insurance companies regarding payment.

If you are a community provider and would like to refer to our services, please feel free to contact us and will be more than happy to assist you. For more information, click here or call 352-265-8458.