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Huron Perth Diabetes Education Program

Any adult with diabetes, pre-diabetes, gestational diabetes and their family or caregiver are invited to attend sessions at your local Diabetes Education Centre.

Who will I see?

You may meet with a Registered Nurse, a Registered Dietitian or both during your visit. These health professionals are devoted and specially trained with expertise to help you understand and manage your diabetes.  Your Diabetes Professionals may have achieved Certified Diabetes Educator designation – an indicator of quality standards of diabetes care across Canada.

What are the benefits of teaming up with Diabetes Educators?

At your local Diabetes Education Centre, you will have the opportunity to learn how to:

  • Plan and enjoy health meals and food choices
  • Develop a healthier lifestyle by choosing fun and enjoyable activities, and understand the benefits of doing so
  • Interpret your daily blood glucose results to learn to improve your glucose values
  • Understand and take your prescribed medications
  • Undertake in daily foot care as a prevention of diabetes related foot disease
  • Adapt new routines for a healthier you
  • Prevent or delay devastating diabetes related complications

What programs are available?

The frequency and type of programs available differ slightly at each community, so call for more information on the programs offered.  Some examples of programs that you could attend include:

  • Introduction to Diabetes – Group classes – A must for everyone.  These ½ day classes are great for the beginner or as a refresher.
  • Individual Visits – Are available with the Registered Nurse or Registered Dietitian or both.
  • Insulin Start Program – to help you get started on insulin management.
  • Insulin Pump Program is available at the Stratford site.
  • Community Programs such as public speaking presentations to community groups, agencies, industry and health professionals. Call for details and to arrange your event speaker and topic. 
  • Diabetes Support Group - For those living with diabetes and/or their caregivers.  The group meets on the first Thursday of each month, taking a break in July and August, at the Sobeys Community Room in Stratford at 581 Huron St. from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Program includes: advice and self-management tips, refreshments, cooking demonstrations and grocery store tours.

How do I make an appointment?  

Ask your health professional for a referral to the diabetes education centre, or call for more information and/or to make a self referral appointment.  Please note clinics are held at our St. Marys, Seaforth and Stratford sites.


St. Marys Memorial Hospital:

Patients will register at Patient Registration in the Main Lobby.  The Diabetes Education clinic is located in the Meighen Wing on the Main Level of the hospital.

Seaforth Community Hospital:

Patients will register at Patient Registration off the Main Lobby.  The Diabetes Education clinic is located on the Main Level of the hospital.

Stratford General Hospital:

Patients should enter Stratford General Hospital through the West Building Entrance.

  • Parking is available in Lot E off of West Gore St.
  • Enter the hospital through the West Building Outpatient Clinic entrance under the canopy.
  • Register at Patient Registration which is located inside the automatic double doors to the right.Patient Registration staff will then direct you to the appropriate clinic waiting area.
  • Quick drop-off is available under the canopy.

Contact Information

Bonnie Riehl, Administrative Support 519-272-8210 Ext 2365, bonnie.riehl@hpha.ca

Visit the Huron Perth Diabetes Education Program website!