Diabetes PATH

Diabetes PATH logoDiabetes-PATH (Personal Action Toward Health)

What is it:

The Stanford Diabetes Self-Management Program (Diabetes-PATH in Michigan) was developed and tested by Stanford University to help people learn to better manage their diabetes. It is a six-week workshop conducted in 2 1/2 hour sessions each week. Workshops are offered in community locations. Search for a PATH or Diabetes PATH Workshop near you.

Who should participate:

Persons with diabetes and those who are caregivers for someone with diabetes.

What are the benefits of participating?

• Improved health
• Fewer emergency room visits
• A greater sense of control over your health
• Better understanding of how to balance blood sugar levels

What happens in a Diabetes-PATH workshop?

Workshops are led by two trained leaders who may themselves, have diabetes. The goal of the workshop is to help participants become better self-managers by creating personal action plans and setting practical, realistic goals. Participants learn to deal with problems such as low blood sugar, stress and difficult emotions. Other topics include managing symptoms, managing medications, working with health care providers, relaxation, healthy eating and meal planning, physical activity, and avoiding complications.

Path Workshop Topics: Six Session Course 

  • Identifying common problems
  • What is diabetes?
  • Monitoring
  • Action Plans
  • Dealing with difficult emotions
  • Reading food labels
  • Endurance activities
  • Problem solving
  • Healthy eating and meal planning
  • Preventing low blood sugar
  • Medication usage
  • Communication skills
  • Depression management
  • Positive thinking
  • Preventing complications
  • Low fat meals
  • Dealing with stress
  • Muscle Relaxation
  • Physical activity
  • Working with your health care professional
  • Strategies for sick days
  • Foot care
  • Planning for future


“I attended to show my doctor I can do it. The information was priceless.”

“I was recently diagnosed with diabetes and overwhelmed with what to do. My blood sugars were high, 400-500. The things that I have learned have helped me to lower my blood sugars to normal levels.”
Participants from Detroit, MI.

Search for a PATH or Diabetes PATH Workshop near you.

Generous Program Funders:
Area Agency on Aging - 1B
Area Agency on Aging - The Senior Alliance
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Michigan Department of Community Health
Michigan Public Health Institute
National REACH Coalition
Oakwood Healthcare
Valley Area Agency on Aging