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Maple Diabetes

Prevention and Education Centre

Welcome to Maple Diabetes Prevention and Education Centre

Maple Diabetes offers individual and group services for people in Kingston that are affected by diabetes, and offers counselling, group programs and family learning programs.  We are funded through Stand Up to Diabetes, a Government of Ontario plan to fight the growing trend of diabetes.  

We are hosted by Maple Family Health Team in Kingston.  We are open to all community members in Kingston affected by diabetes.  Anyone can access our services for free and no referral is required – just call 613-531-6086.


Self-management is a core element of effective diabetes care and is essential during COVID-19.  Two virtual resources to support self-management in people with diabetes and pre-diabetes include:

1-800 BANTING (226-8464):  People living with diabetes can call to get help with navigation, information resources and support.

Canadian Diabetes Prevention Program:  People living with pre-diabetes can self-enroll in this free, online, 1-year healthy behavior coaching program


Looking to learn more about diabetes management, but can’t join an in-person class?  Join a Virtual Diabetes Classes, an online offering from Diabetes Canada for people living with diabetes and their caregivers.  These sessions provide participants an opportunity to learn the basics of diabetes management and connect with other people affected by diabetes in an online format.  Each session includes two classes, offered 1 week apart.  Classes are on Thursdays, from 7 p.m – 8 p.m Eastern Standard Time.  Click here for more information and to register.


Managing Prediabetes and Diabetes Group

Managing Prediabetes and Diabetes is a group program that is delivered by Diabetes Educators from the Maple Diabetes Prevention and Education Centre for people with prediabetes or type 2 diabetes.

This 2 hour group program reviews the following aspects of prediabetes and type 2 diabetes:

  • How prediabetes and diabetes works, including the role of the pancreas, insulin and glucose
  • Targets for blood glucose control to reduce the risks associated with high blood glucose
  • The possible complications of diabetes and how managing diabetes can help prevent or delay these complications
  • How healthy eating, keeping active and medication can help manage diabetes
  • Identifying carbohydrate foods and non-carbohydrate foods and label reading for carbohydrates
  • Planning balanced and nourishing meals and snacks
  • Review recommendations for exercise from Diabetes Canada

This program encourages group participation. The facilitators will fill in any knowledge gaps, answer questions and clarify any misunderstandings about diabetes and related topics.  Attendees may choose to have an individual appointment with the Maple Diabetes team after completion of this group.

Programs delivered by the Maple Diabetes Prevention and Education Centre are open to the community.  You do not need to be a patient of Maple to attend this program.  





After attending the group, you may choose to book an appointment with one of our Certified Diabetes Educators – a Registered Nurse or Registered Dietitian.

Your one-on-one appointment can involve:

  • Personalized healthy eating and exercise plans
  • Suggestions for diabetes medications
  • Starting and adjusting insulin
  • Some referrals will be admitted directly to a one on one appointment

With deep respect, Maple Family Health Team acknowledges that we are on the traditional homeland of the Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee, and the Huron-Wendat, and is grateful to these nations for the care and stewardship over this shared land.  We acknowledge that the Kingston and Southeastern Ontario region is home to a diverse group of First Nation, Inuit, and Métis peoples who come from many different Nations and communities across Turtle Island.  We are thankful to share, grow, and learn on these lands.

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