Patient Education & Support

Individual and group classes for managing diabetes

Diabetes patient education and support at Scripps Health in San Diego

Individual and group classes for managing diabetes

The Scripps Whittier Diabetes Program provides people with diabetes the knowledge and tools they need to make the best day-to-day decisions about their health.

Services include individual counseling and group classes provided by diabetes professionals, including nurses, dietitians, psychologists and educators. We strive to make our offerings convenient and easy to access. Classes are offered in English or Spanish, weekdays or weekends, day and evening, and in multiple locations throughout San Diego County.

All of our programs are recognized by the American Diabetes Association.

Diabetes classes

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Diabetes classes

Scripps offers a variety of diabetes classes and support groups led by clinicians, certified diabetes educators and/or registered dietitians.

Diabetes resources

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Diabetes resources

Find diabetes resources and organizations that offer self-help, advocacy, education, support and other diabetes services. Learn why Padres owner Peter Seidler chose Scripps for diabetes care.

Free healthy lifestyle classes

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Free healthy lifestyle classes

Join our Healthy Living program or Scripps Diabetes Prevention Program for free classes about nutrition, fitness and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Diabetes handouts

Diabetes handouts

Diabetes classes and support groups

Learn how to take control of your diabetes through our individual and group classes, and consider participating in a support group. Most insurance will cover classes with physician referral (PDF, 160 KB). Cash pay discounts available.

Group classes for people with Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes and prediabetes. Nurses, dietitians and diabetes health care providers share their expertise on managing diabetes. A four-class series includes information on the disease of diabetes, the effect of food on blood sugar levels, how to include a variety of foods in a healthy meal plan, dining out, food label reading, home blood sugar monitoring, diabetes medications, how to maintain optimum health living with diabetes and recommended physical activity. Become empowered to care for your diabetes through informed choices.

Diabetes self-management classes

Learn to manage your Type 2 diabetes. In these group classes, nurses, registered dietitians and diabetes health care providers share their expertise. Become empowered to care for your diabetes through informed choices.


Dates, times and locations vary. This four-part program covers topics such as:

  • Basic facts about diabetes
  • Effects of food on blood sugar levels
  • How to include a variety of foods in a healthy meal plan
  • Dining out
  • Food label reading
  • Home blood sugar monitoring
  • Diabetes medications
  • How to maintain optimum health
  • Living with diabetes
  • Recommended physical activity


An individual visit with a diabetes educator is required prior to class enrollment; please call 858-678-7050.

Support groups

Support groups are available for people with Type 1 diabetes and Type 2 diabetes. Facilitated by a certified diabetes educator, they offer a place where adults with diabetes can connect, exchange ideas and receive the support they need. Support groups are offered in English and Spanish.

Individualized diabetes management appointments. Certified diabetes educators (CDEs) provide information on self-management skills and home blood glucose monitoring. Education on associated cardiovascular risk factors and other complications is included.

Individualized training for insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors.

Nutritional counseling, meal planning and exercise strategies for weight management. Registered dietitians provide a variety of medical nutrition therapy services for the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases.

Behavioral Health Integration Program (BeHIP) – A clinical psychologist is available to help patients with patients with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes manage and cope with the emotional side of their disease. Patients are provided with additional support to help them make the health behavior changes necessary to effectively manage their diabetes. The program offers primarily group-based therapy options; however, limited individual slots are available. Speak with your physician or diabetes educator if you are interested in participating.

Our certified diabetes educators help you learn how to take control of your diabetes at locations throughout San Diego County.

Peter Seidler's Type 1 diabetes story