Application for diabetes. Glucometer sends measure to smartphone.

Get Back on Track

Sometimes we need to revisit how we've been managing diabetes. The Diabetes Outpatient Intensive Treatment Program (DO IT) helps people with any type of diabetes tune-up the management of their condition. Through individual attention and small-group education, you'll learn what you need to do to stay on the pathway to better health.

* Classes are enrolling quickly! To learn more or to register call 617-309-2628 or e-mail DOITParticipant [at] joslin.harvard.edu.

A Program that Drives Results

The results of the DO IT Program are outstanding:

  • Many of our patients improve their A1C results by an average of almost 1.5 points. Those with the greatest risk of complications, with A1C readings greater than 10, reduced their levels an average of 2.75 points in the first 3-6 months.
  • The number of their emergency room visits and hospitalization was cut in half the first year.
  • The time lost from work or school was reduced by 43 percent in the first year.

What to Expect

Your DO IT team is made up of an endocrinologist, an exercise physiologist, a registered dietitian, nurse educators, behavioral health expert, and a clinical pharmacist. You’ll start by meeting with each specialist individually.

After evaluating your needs, the team will work with you to design a personalized nutrition, exercise, and medication plan. We will go over the latest techniques in diabetes management:

  • Interpreting blood glucose levels
  • Spotting, avoiding, and treating low blood glucose
  • Responding to high levels
  • Adjusting and timing your medications
  • Taking care of your heart and kidneys
  • Managing travel and sick days
  • Meeting nutritional goals
  • Removing the guesswork from dining out
  • Exercising to maintain control
  • Reducing stress and staying motivated

At the end of the program, we’ll provide you and your primary care doctor with a record of your lab work, medical findings, and the changes you’ve made to your diabetes care plan.

 

VIRTUAL DO IT PROGRAM

 

 

PRE-PROGRAM ASSESSMENTS

 

2 -3 weeks prior

Individual Physician Assessment Visit

60 min

2 -3 weeks prior

Lab work (at a location convenient to you)

 

1-2 weeks prior

Individual Nurse Assessment (Technology troubleshooting)

60 min

 

MONDAY

 

11am

Behavioral Health: Getting to know you and your Diabetes

60 min

Morning/Afternoon

Individual Exercise Assessment

60 min

Morning/Afternoon

Individual Nutrition Assessment

60 min

 

TUESDAY

 

8:30 - 9:00am

Individual Check in with DO IT Case Manager

Opportunity for group chat

9:00am

Diabetes The Facts

Nurse

10:00am

Take Action, Be Active

Exercise Physiologist

11:00am

Interactive Exercise Session

Exercise Physiologist

2-4pm

Individual MD Visits

Physician

 

WEDNESDAY

 

8:30am

Individual check in with DO IT Case Manager

Opportunity for group chat

9:00am

Coping with Diabetes

Behavioral Health

10:00am

Fat Facts: Eating Healthy for Your Heart, How Fat Affects Glucose

Levels

Dietitian

11:00am

Interactive Exercise Session

Exercise Physiologist

 

THURSDAY

 

9:00am

Investing in Your Health/Maximizing Health Visits

Nurse

10:00am

Mastering Your Food Choices

Dietitian

11:00am

Interactive Exercise Session

Exercise Physiologist

2-4pm

Individual MD Visits

Physician

 

FRIDAY

 

9:00am

Food for Thought - Dosing Dilemmas

Dietitian

10:00am

Stay Active, Keep It Going!

(Strength Training, Comprehensive Program Combinations)

Exercise Physiologist

11:00am

You Did it!  Bringing it All Together

Behavioral Health

3:30-5pm

Individual check out with case manager

Case Manager

For program information contact Program Coordinator Joan Beaton

617-309-2628 doitparticipant [at] joslin.harvard.edu

13.5 Education hours
3 Behavioral Health hours 2 Physician hours

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Sign-up now, space is limited. Joslin can help you reach your health goals.

Diabetes Educator consulting with a teenage diabetes patient on glycemic index

Virtual DO IT Program

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Virtual DO IT Program

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Virtual DO IT Program

To learn more about the DO IT program or to register call  617-309-2628 or e-mail DOITParticipant [at] joslin.harvard.edu.