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Diabetes is a growing epidemic with devastating physical, emotional, and financial toll on our community. With the generous support from UnitedHealthcare, the Let’s Diabeat This community campaign is designed to connect and educate the public about resources within the community to prevent diabetes and assist those who need support or are currently struggling in successfully managing their disease. During the two years, residents will be able to participate in the Stanford University’s Diabetes Self-Management program, the CDC’s Diabetes Prevention Program, Dining with Diabetes program, support groups, walking programs, etc., all FREE of CHARGE! If you are overweight, over the age of 50, have family members with diabetes or are physically inactive, then you may be at risk for diabetes, a devastating chronic condition. Your first step is to take the Diabetes Risk Test then take the necessary steps to fight off this disease. Let’s DiaBeat This together!

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Diabetes Risk Test

The Face of Diabetes


  • 10.3% of Kansas adults reported being diagnosed with diabetes

Sedgwick County

  • Sedgwick County’s diabetes rate is 10.8%, higher than the state.


  • It is estimated that 3,376 currently have diabetes
  • It is estimated that 12,155 have pre-diabetes
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 All classes require registration. Call the DRC at 788-3781 or click here

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Dining With Diabetes

Nutrition and physical activity are keys to managing type 2 diabetes. Dining with Diabetes is a 4-week program taught by a Registered Dietitian from Sedgwick County Extension. Programs includes the following:

  • Planning meals & snacks with delicious & healthy recipes
  • Cooking demonstrations & food tastings
  • Motivation & support
  • Ideas for being more active
  • An understanding of how diabetes affects your overall health

Free, but you must register.

Day: Wednesdays
Session dates: November 6 – December 4 (no class Nov. 27)
Time: 1:30 to 3:30 pm
Fee: FREE but you must pre-register.
Location: Derby Senior Center


Day: Friday
Session dates: February 7 to March 6
Time: 11:00 am to 1:00pm
Fee:  FREE but you must pre-register.
Location: Oaklawn Activity Center

Diabetes Self-Management Program 

diabetes words 2If you are living with diabetes or a caregiver of someone who does, this workshop is for you! Diabetes self-management workshops are interactive learning opportunities that teach techniques to manage common symptoms. Workshops are free and led by trained leaders.

Each participant in the workshop receives a copy of the companion book, Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Condition, and an audio relaxation tape. Classes are highly participative, where mutual support and success build the participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives. Free, but you must register.

Day: Monday
Session dates: Jan. 13 to Feb 17
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 am
Fee: FREE but you must pre-register.
Location: Derby Senior Center


Day: Saturday
Session dates: Jan 11 to Feb 15
Time: 9:15 am – 11:15 am
Fee: FREE but you must pre-register.
Location: Derby Library, Frank Fanning Room

Diabetes Academy

Diabetes Academy is a free one hour class to help you learn about managing diabetes. You will learn basic information and terminology, tips for eating healthy and staying active, and the importance of medications.

Day: Tuesday
Session dates: January 7
Time: 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Fee: FREE but please register
Location: Derby Recreation Center, Greteman Room


Day: Tuesday
Session dates: February 4
Time: 10:00 to 11:00 am
Fee: FREE but please register
Location: Derby Recreation Center, Greteman Room

life coacvhDIABETES Lifestyle COACHING program

Diabetes Lifestyle Coaching is here to assist you in clarifying what you want to achieve, experience, create, do or “be” in order to improve your diabetic health journey. Together you will co-create specific, realistic, measurable goals that are then broken down into smaller, achievable, action steps. The coach facilitates an encouraging, collaborative coaching process to design an individualized step-by-step action plan. The coach and client then set up and utilize accountability and support to create forward movement and progress.

Fee: First session is FREE but you must schedule your appointment
Call Debbie at (316) 529-2677 or email debbie@derbyrec.com

Better Together: Diabetes Support Groupdiabetes_support

You don’t have to face diabetes alone. Join us in organizing a Derby support group to connect with people who truly understand, motivate, and encourage you. The group can inspire you while you talk openly about your experiences with diabetes. Free, but you must register..

Day: Tuesdays - November 19, December 17 January 21, February 18, March 17
Time: 10:30 am Derby Senior Center or 6:00 pm Derby Recreation Center
Fee:  FREE but please pre-register.

diabetes foodsDiabetes Food Tours

Come join us for a free guided grocery store tour where you’ll learn skills for buying healthy foods.  During the hour tour, you’ll practice skills like buying fruits and vegetables, comparing unit prices to find bargains, reading and comparing food labels, identifying whole grains and understanding carbohydrates! After the tour you will receive a free book full of tasty recipes and a free reusable grocery bag. Free, but you must register.

Dates: Wednesday, February 5
Times: 10:00 a.m.
Fee: FREE but you must pre-register.
Location: Derby Walmart Marketplace  

All classes require registration. Call the DRC at 788-3781 or click here.