West Toronto Diabetes Education Program (WTDEP)

      

Who We Are

The West Toronto Diabetes Education Program (WTDEP) is a comprehensive Diabetes Education Program that has been in operation since 2002.  It is funded by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.

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With a physician referral or self-referral, you can receive comprehensive diabetes education through individual and group counseling by the Registered Dietitian and Diabetes Nurse Educator who will provide assessments, monitoring, counseling, support and follow-ups to both internal and external clients at all partner sites.

We offer a variety of FREE programs to educate clients and community members. It is our hope that these lessons will offer the support, practical tools and guidance to help you to understand diabetes.

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Who are we?

The West Toronto Diabetes Education Program (WTDEP) is a comprehensive Diabetes Education Program that has been in operation since 2002.  It is funded by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. With its dedication and commitment towards healthy community living we have Nurse Educators and Registered Dietitians at the following locations:

365 Evans Avenue, Ste 201
Access Alliance CHC (340 College Street)
Access Alliance West (761 Jane Street, Ste 200B)
Four Villages CHC (1700 Bloor St. West)
Four Villages CHC (3446 Dundas St. West)
Stonegate CHC (150 Berry Road)
East Mississauga CHC (2555 Dixie Road)
 

The main goal of the program is to improve the quality of life of clients living with type 2 Diabetes, or those at risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes. 

How do you become a client?

With a physician referral or self-referral, you can receive comprehensive diabetes education through individual and group counseling by the Registered Dietitian and Diabetes Nurse Educator who will provide assessments, monitoring, counseling, support and follow-ups to both internal and external clients at all partner sites.

What happens at the appointments?

All appointments start with an initial visit.  The initial visit is usually an hour.  Here, you will learn about our program, about our team and their roles, as well as receive a FREE glucometer, 10 test strips and other supplies to get you started on managing your diabetic condition.  Clients are expected to bring their medications with them during this visit. 

Follow up appointments are usually 1/2 hour.  During these visits, clients are expected to bring their log books (Blood glucose and food logs, as well as meters).

What kind of Education Session do we offer?

Our Education Sessions are designed to provide practical information on diabetes. It is our hope that these sessions will help you to understand diabetes with support, practical tools and guidance.  These sessions are co-facilitated by our Registered Dietitian and Registered Nurse.  Our partnership with Community Health Centers and other agencies allow us to hold these sessions in South Etobicoke, Mississauga and other areas in Toronto.   

If you are interested in having a Diabetes Group Education Session held by WTDEP, at your agency or place of employment, please complete and fax us an agency request form for group education.

What topics do we discuss in our Diabetes Education Session?
Our diabetes education sessions occur throughout the year and cover topics such as:

  • Introduction to Type 2 diabetes,
  • Oral medications and insulin,
  • Meal planning, shopping and food labels
  • Healthy Eating and Exercise
  • Stress Management and Emotional Eating

Snacks will be provided at each Diabetes Education Session.

Interpreters will be available upon request, where specified.

What kind of programs do we offer?

We offer a variety of FREE programs designed to encourage physical activity, and to educate clients and community members on how to manage their diabetic condition. You do not need a doctors referral to attend our program. Each class is faciliated by qualified instructor. Some of the activities occur at LAMP CHC, while others occur at various facilities throughout South Etobicoke and at our Partner sites.