X-PERT Diabetes is held for 2.5 hours each week for six weeks. The course is run by a diabetes nurse or diabetes dietitian who has undergone additional training to run the programme.
Summary of the programme
The X-PERT Programme is based upon the theories of patient empowerment, discovery learning and patient-centred care. Its main aim is to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence in participants to enable them to make informed decisions regarding lifestyle and diabetes management.
Week 1: What is diabetes? Digestion and blood glucose, exploring medications and how they work, health results - what do they mean?
Week 2: Eating with diabetes, physical activity, weight management, how to assess your diet
Week 3: What are carbohydrate (starchy and sugary) foods and their effect on blood glucose? What carbohydrates are you having?
Week 4: Shopping for foods, reading and understanding food labels, understanding the traffic light system, guideline daily amounts and nutritional labels, dispelling the myths
Week 5: Low and high blood glucose levels, prevention of the complications of diabetes, special considerations when living with diabetes
Week 6: Are you an X-PERT? game - questions and answers, making plans and setting goals for change
Frequently Asked Questions
Can my friend or partner attend with me?
You are welcome to bring a friend or partner with you to any of the sessions. It is useful to let the course organisers know as some venues have restrictions on group size. Group sizes vary but you can expect to be in a group with approximately 12 - 15 participants.