Living with Diabetes

You can live an active, independent life by making a solid commitment to carefully managing Diabetes. You can do this by:

  • Understanding your diabetes
  • Getting regular physical activity

    Educating yourself about food – what to eat, when to eat and understanding how much to eat            

  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Learning how to reduce stress
  • Maintaining a blood pressure at or below 130/801

Diabetes Canada and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care offer some great information on their websites about living with Diabetes. Check out these links to learn more:

Diabetes in the HNHB LHIN

HNHB LHIN provides funding and accountability for twelve Diabetic Education Programs (DEPs) – eight adult programs and four pediatric programs that were transitioned from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. In addition, the LHIN works together with health service providers across HNHB including primary care to help coordination, to standardize processes and practices and to support a more unified person-centered system that is accessible, fair and offers the best value for individuals.  For more information about what the LHIN is doing to dramatically improve patient experience for adults and children with Diabetes, please read our strategic documents.

Diabetes Education Programs

Benefits of joining a Diabetes Education Program

Research shows that people who attend diabetes education programs have:

 Reduced body weight1

Improved diabetes knowledge1

Reduced blood pressure1,2


By following these healthy lifestyle suggestions, you can manage your diabetes symptoms for a long and healthy life. 

Diabetes Education Programs (DEPs) are located throughout the HNHB LHIN and offer both group and one-on-one education sessions to provide you with the

knowledge and skills you need to manage your diabetes.  The DEP team includes specially trained health care professionals who can help you understand and manage your diabetes, and assist you with finding other helpful programs and resources in your community.  Some DEPs offer service in French and/or services that are culturally appropriate and inclusive.

How to register with a Diabetes Education Program

Your health care provider can refer you to a Diabetes Education Program (DEP), but you don’t need a referral. Contact any of the DEPs directly to find out how you can register. You can find a program closest to you on the interactive map HERE.


Many DEPs have outreach sites that may provide services closer to your home. Please call or visit their website to get further information. If your area is not listed on the map, please click HERE to be directed to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s Stand Up to Diabetes website. Enter your address to find the program closest to you.



Attention Health Care Providers


A coordinated access model has been developed to standardize and improve access to diabetes education services across the LHIN. This model includes one standardized diabetes referral form and three identified lead agencies to assist with coordinating access for individuals with or at risk of developing diabetes.

DEPs can be accessed through direct referral (as usual), self-referral, and through a DEP Coordinated Access Lead Agency including Hamilton Burlington - St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton; Niagara - Niagara Health System; Haldimand Norfolk Brant - Brant Community Healthcare System.


  • Referral Form: English - PDF/Word and French - PDF/Word           
    • For a direct referral, check the direct referral box and use page 2 to find contact information for the appropriate DEP.
    • To refer to a Coordinated Access Lead Agency, select and fax to the desired zone.
  • Insulin Prescription Form: English and French



1. Deakin, T., McShane, C.E., Cade, J.E., Williams, R.D.R.R. (2005). Group based training for self-management strategies in people with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2, CD003417. 

2. Warsi, A., Wang, P.S., LaValley, M.P., Avorn, J., Solomon, D.H. (2004). Self-management education programs in chronic disease: A systematic review and methodological critique of the literature. Archives of Internal Medicine, 164(15), 1641-1649.