Our outpatient diabetes education classes

The Scarlet and Grey Way to Diabetes Self-Management Education Program offers comprehensive services for patients with type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes and prediabetes. Our goal is to provide instruction and technologies to help patients manage diabetes to the best of his or her ability. We believe that through education, people living with diabetes can achieve therapeutic goals and, in the long run, prevent long-term diabetes complications.

All patients require a physician referral before being scheduled for diabetes education classes. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call.

Download the physician referral form

If you are an Ohio State provider and would like to refer to our program please choose "Ambulatory Referral to Diabetic Education" in epic and the order will be routed to us.

Comprehensive Outpatient Education

Topics to include:
  • Nutrition
  • Medicine 
  • Blood sugar monitoring
  • Exercise
  • Treating acute and chronic complications
  • Problem solving
  • Stress management 
  • Coping

Typical length:

  • Two three hour sessions
  • Schedule for less than 10 hours in group setting, less than two hours available for one-on-one follow-up. If barrier identified, schedule in one-on-one setting.

Diabetes Nutrition

Topics to include:

  • Label reading
  • Meal planning 
  • Carbohydrate counting and its impact on blood glucose 
  • Diabetes medicine needs

Typical length:
  • One hour
  • Schedule for greater than six hours in 1:1 or group setting

Glucose Sensor Start

Topics to include:
  • Initiation of device
  • Insertion, calibration, mechanics, software upload

Typical length:
  • One hour
  • Schedule in 1:1 or group setting for 0.5-8 hours

Insulin Training

Topics to include:
  • Purpose of insulin therapy
  • Administration including mechanics, dosing, site rotation, blood glucose monitoring and sharps disposal
Typical length:
  • One hour
  • Schedule for less than three hours in group or 1:1 setting

Information Session on Insulin Pumps and CGMs

Review to include:
  • Review of pump and CGM options
  • Benefits and limitations of device(s)
  • Review of OSU protocol
  • Time with device representatives

Typical length:
  • One and a half hours

Insulin Pump Review

Topics to include:

  • Insulin pump mechanics
  • Pattern management
  • Infusion sets and site care and rotation
  • Pump software
  • Troubleshooting
  • Insulin pump failure

Typical length:
  • Two hours
  • Schedule for less than six hours in group or 1:1 setting

Insulin Start and Follow-Up Program

Topics to include: 

  • Initiation of device
  • Mechanics
  • Pattern management
  • Infusion sets and site care
  • Pump software
  • Troubleshooting insulin pump failure

Typical length:
  • Two to six hours
  • Schedule in 1:1 or group setting for one to eight hours

Staying the Course

  • Diabetes education follow-up program and topics rotate monthly
Typical length:
  • One hour
  • Schedule for less than eight hours in group setting

Free cooking demonstrations

This cooking class is composed of demonstrations intended for diabetes patients, families, friends, visitors and staff.

During this cooking class, attendees will watch a demonstration where foods will be prepared with natural ingredients that are within the American Diabetes Association’s recommended carbohydrate allowance. These recipes substitute ingredients. For example, yogurt is used instead of butter and oil and stevia-based sweeteners are substituted for sugar. We provide many more tips you can take home to help you start eating better for your health.








Class information

Diabetes Education, along with Nutrition Services, will continue to offer our popular diabetes cooking class. This class is being provided by grant through the Service Board. 

  • Occurs every 1st and 3rd Monday of the month in the Ross Auditorium from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Look for "Nutrition Services" banner

Provided by Colleen Rinehart, BSN, RN, CDE, Program Manager for Diabetes Education and Jim Warner, Program Director for Food and Nutrition.

Note to providers: Providers should place an order for Diabetes Educator and place in comments: cooking class. This will notify Colleen Rinehart that the patient is allowed to travel to the class. 

Colleen Rinehart

Insulin Pump Program

The Insulin Pump Program was started in 1980 and has been a very successful initiative. There are over 1,500 people who have started pump therapy to date.

There are three follow up classes: 
  • Insulin Pump Mechanics
  • Insulin Pump Patterns
  • Insulin Pump Infusion Sets
These three programs provide enhanced knowledge and understanding of diabetes management technology. In 2009 we began the Continuous Glucose Sensor Program.

Free insulin pump information sessions:
  • Occur the first Wednesday of every month at 12 p.m.
  • Location: OSU CarePoint East
  • To register, please call

The Insulin Pump Program requires a referral by a physician from The Ohio State University Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism.

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