Diabetes Centre

AVH has three Diabetes Centres. They are staffed by diabetes educators who are Nurses and Dietitians who have special training and interest in management and prevention of diabetes. They are trained to help you manage, prevent or delay the onset of diabetes. They can help YOU manage your diabetes by modifying your lifestyle, to make it work for you.

We offer individual and group sessions. Programs are tailored to the needs of people with diabetes and their family member/support person(s).

We promote self management to enhance optimal diabetes management, quality of life, and reduced risk of developing diabetes complications. We work with family physicians, specialists and other team members and community agencies to provide comprehensive care for our area.

Programs and services are based on the major elements of diabetes management which are healthy eating, physical activity, self blood glucose monitoring, medication, and self management.

You can meet with a diabetes educator to discuss the following:

  • Blood Glucose Monitoring
  • Cholesterol
  • Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
  • Label Reading
  • Activity

Please note: the above topics may be discussed in a group session, or individually

Mental Health Partnership

Mental health provides consultation to the Diabetes Centre through a multi disciplinary, collaborative practice service offered to children / youth and their families who have been diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Mental health consultations are provided by a community mental health nurse on an outpatient basis and as part of the Monday morning diabetes youth centre located at VRH.  Mental Health offers support / counseling regarding psychosocial and emotional adjustment, related mental health needs and healthy coping with the challenges of living successfully with diabetes.

Some classes that may be available (please contact your nearest Diabetes Centre to see what is available in your area) include:

  • Introduction to Diabetes and Diabetes Self Management
  • Healthy Weights
  • Label Reading 101
  • Medications
  • Healthy Hearts
  • Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
  • Blood Glucose Monitoring
  • Stress and Coping with Diabetes
  • Foot Care
  • Exercise and Active Living
  • Relaxation Methods
  • Exercise Classes for People with Diabetes
  • Resistance Bands

There is no fee to you, all fees are covered by your provincial health plan. You will need to bring your provincial health card.

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Helpful Links:

Canadian Diabetes Association

Dietitians of Canada Here, you will find tools such as:

  • “EATracker”- helps you compare portion sizes and amounts of food you eat to what you need for your age and gender.
  • “Let’s Make a Meal” - helps you build a one day menu
  • "Healthy Eating is in Store for You” – gives nutrition labeling information
  • “Recipe Analyzer” – provides nutrition information of your favorite recipe and how to make it healthier

Healthy Eating is in Store For You

Public Health Agency of Canada

Dial a Dietitian

Heart and Stroke Foundation

Canada’s Physical Activity Guide

Health Canada


Canadian Council of Food and Nutrition