A Diabetes Education Program Reaching Hispanics
¡Sí, Yo Puedo Controlar Mí Diabetes! (Sí, Yo Puedo) is a 7-week diabetes self-management program for Spanish-speaking adults with type 2 diabetes and over the age of 18. The aim of this research-based program is to educate, empower and equip participants to better control their diabetes using a real-world practical approach. Classes are offered weekly for two hours in community settings such as churches and clinics. Sí, Yo Puedo is taught by two trained health professionals: a registered nurse and registered dietician.
Topics for Sí, Yo Puedo include:
- diabetes myths and facts,
- how to use a glucometer,
- eating healthy with diabetes,
- physical activity and diabetes,
- medicines and diabetes, and
- preventing diabetes problems.
Some of the class activities include video novelas or soap operas, meal planning, counting carbohydrates, and stress management skills. With support from facilitators and class member, participants are encouraged that “Managing diabetes is possible!”