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Latino Diabetes Initiative - Diabetes Education and Classes

In addition to medical care, Joslin offers a series of group education courses entitled “Diabetes Con Sabor Latino.” All classes are offered in Spanish and special attention is given to participants' cultural preferences, such as foods common to their country of origin. The whole series of classes can be attended in a single morning and are usually offered every second Monday of each month. Patients who participate in the "Diabetes Con Sabor Latino" program are also eligible to attend additional nutrition classes.

Upcoming Classes:

Monday, March 23 -  9:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Friday, April 24 - 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Monday, May 11 - 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM

To register for the next available class, please call (617) 309-2490.  

Diabetes Con Sabor Latino - Education Classes

Primeros Pasos / First Steps
This class explains common diabetes terms such as A1C and the differences between type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Symptoms and complications of diabetes are presented along with healthy blood pressure, cholesterol and blood glucose goals. 

¿Qué puedo comer? / What Can I Eat?
We talk about basic nutrition information, including the impact of food on blood sugar levels. Participants learn why food portions and reading food labels are important and are shown easy ways to measure carbohydrate, protein and fat during their meals.

Monitoreando el azúcar / Monitoring Matters
Participants learn and practice how to monitor blood glucose and use the numbers to improve their diabetes control. The class talks about different treatment options, as well as the the way medications act in the body. 

¿Cuánto debo comer? Balanceando el plato / Foods That Fit
This class goes over meal-planning basics, including estimating accurate portion sizes. Participants see that they can eat a large variety of foods while still being healthy. Everyone is encouraged to schedule a follow-up appointment with a dietitian to create an individual meal plan.

Follow-up Nutrition Classes

Once patients have attended the Diabetes Con Sabor Latino classes, they are eligible to attend the following nutrition classes. Depending on health literacy, these classes are designed to teach patients advanced tips on portion control and carbohydrate counting. 

The Plate Method
This class offers a hands-on experience for patients to learn easy ways to achieve portion control as part of their diabetes management. Patients will learn how to use the "plate method" to plan breakfast, lunch and dinner at home or dining out.      

Carbohydrate Counting for Beginners
This class goes over the basics of carbohydrate counting by teaching patients how to identify foods with carbohydrates and how to modify a meal using carbohydrate counting. 


For more Online Diabetes Education Resources,
visit the Joslin Library by clicking here.


Pay attention to how long it takes you to finish your meal and try to eat more slowly. Ideally, you want to spend more than 20 minutes eating your food. If you do this, you will start to feel a difference.

Contact Us
(617) 309-2490  


Page last updated: June 26, 2019