Control Diabetes for LifeTeaching Control Diabetes for Life

Questions or comments? Contact Debra Schroeder, MS, Extension Educator and Class Coordinator

Control Diabetes for Life is an educational program that is offered 1-3 times a year in various locations in Nebraska. The sessions are broadcast to several locations throughout the state and recorded for later viewing. Participants learn to control diabetes while preparing nutritious and delicious foods that are low in sugar and fat.

Recordings and printed materials from previous sessions are available on the pages linked below.

An example of the class being offered live at one site and
simultaneously broadcast to other sites.

Control Diabetes for Life being simultaneously broadcast to several sites at once

Directions for Viewing Videos

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March 2014 Session - "What's New in Diabetes Self Management"

This session includes:

  • What's New in Diabetes Self Management
  • Protect Your Kidneys
  • Ways to Cut Food Costs
  • Q&A Session
  • March Recipes

(Taped March 2014)


November 2013 Session - "Remember the Basics during the Holidays"

This session includes:

  • Re-Energize! Find More Energy to Exercis
  • Back to the Basics of Diabetes
  • Oral Health
  • How Diabetes Is Different for Men & Women
  • Holiday Stress Management
  • November Recipes

(Taped November 2013)

June 2013 Session - "Diabetes on The Job"

This session includes:

  • Foot Care & Controlling Neuropathic Pain
  • Heart Health, Cholesterol and Diabetes
  • Diabetes on The Job
  • June Recipes

(Taped June 2013)

March 2013 Session - "New Tools for Weight Loss"

This session includes:

  • What's New in Diabetes Care
  • Weight Loss with Diabetes
  • Developing Compassion for You
  • March Recipes

(Taped March 2013)

November 2012 Session - "Take the Mystery Out of Winter Diabetes Management"

This session includes:

  • The Mysteries of Monitoring
  • Diabetes Meal Planning Made Easy
  • Beating the Winter Blues
  • November Recipes

(Taped November 2012)

June 2012 Session - "Stay Sunny With Diabetes"

This session includes:

  • Get Fit Now - what counts as exercise?
  • Diabetes and Vitamin D
  • Taking Diabetes on Vacation - what do I need to pack?
  • June Recipes

(Taped June 2012)

March 2012 Session

This session includes:

  • What Does it Mean to be Diagnosed with Pre-, Type 1, Type 2 or Type 3 Diabetes?
  • The Great Salt Debate and Potassium Role
  • Dietary Guidelines for Americans: Recommendations for Those with Diabetes

(Taped March 2012)

Fall and Winter Diabetes Management

This session includes:

  • Managing Your Meds
  • Weight Loss Surgery
  • Are There Good and Bad Carbs?
  • Creative Healthy Casseroles

(Taped Nov 2011)

Manage Your Diabetes During Summer Months

This session includes:

  • New Technologies
  • Satisfying Your Sweet Tooth
  • Menu Planning
  • Sugar Cravings

(Taped June 2011)

Get in Touch with Your Diabetes Self Management

This session includes:

  • Does Your Doctor Make Sense?
  • Intuitive Eating
  • Solving the Carb Puzzle
  • Tips for Losing Weight

(Taped March 2011)

Indulge Your Taste Buds & Stay Healthy ...

person eatingThis session includes:

  • Indulge your taste buds
  • Avoiding flu and colds
  • Is an aspirin a day OK?
  • Are you getting too much sodium?

(Taped November 2010)

Stay Stronger Longer...strength training

This session includes: 

  • Exercise and strength training
  • Sleep apnea / sleep problems
  • Color your food palette
  • 10 ways to take control of your diabetes

(Taped June 2010; image courtesy of CDC)

Lifestyle Changes ...

This session includes:medical doctor

  • Checkups
  • Slow cooker magic
  • Mistakes in blood sugar testing
  • Recipes
  • The science of carbohydrates
  • Carb counting basics

(Taped Spring 2010)

Successfully Manage the Holidays ...

This session includes:holiday meal

  • Drinking and diabetes
  • Modify family favorite recipes
  • A new year, a new start
  • Medicare Part D
  • De-stress the holidays
  • Recipes

For related information, also view  Diabetes On the Go

(Taped November 2009)

Diabetes on the Go...

This session includes:hiking

  • Introduction to diabetes self management
  • What to expect when you are in the hospital
  • Fairest fats of all
  • Is your pantry experiencing sticker shock?
  • Eating on the go

(Taped June 2009)

For related information, also view Basic Steps in Controlling Diabetes

What's It Like to be a High School Athlete with Diabetes?

Kreikemeier - "Diabetes and Me" presenter

Robert Kreikemeier talking with youth after the presentation

What's it like to be a high school athlete and wake up one morning and find out that you have juvenile diabetes?

One in three children born after 2000 will be diagnosed with diabetes at some point in their lifetime.

Robert Kreikemeier of West Point, Nebraska talks openly about his life with Juvenile Diabetes to an audience of young people and their parents. He explains his feelings as he first learned he had diabetes and how he learned to manage his diabetes.

Kreikemeier's presentation, "Diabetes and Me" offers hope to young people with Juvenile Diabetes. He shares his life experiences with the disease with frankness and humor.

Basic Steps in Controlling Diabetes ...

This session includes:

person looking for recipe

  • Making exercise fun
  • Carb counting
  • Diabetes etiquette
  • Inprove your coping strategies / accepting diabetes
  • Recipes

   (Taped March 2009)

New Approaches / Summer Time Self Management / Cutting the Cost

(NOTE: The following three sessions are all included in the above link.)

  1. New Approaches for Diabetesquestion mark
    • Medication update
    • Type I Diabetes in Adults: Do You Know If It Is Type I or II?
    • Classify Your Carbs
    • Life Style Changes / Becoming More Resilient as Effective as Medications
    • Recipes
  2. Summer Time Diabetes Self Management
    • The Scoop on Ice Creamscoop of ice cream
    • Reading Food Labels
    • Flavor Up!
    • Great Meals
    • Dental Health
    • Diabetes and Gum Disease
    • Exercise For The Aging Body
    • Explanation of Recipes
  3. Cutting the Cost of Diabetes Care; Good Habitsscissors cutting through money
    for Self Management
    • Cost Savings on Diabetes Care
    • Seeing is Believing - Eye Health
    • Weight Control is All About Portion Control
    • Seven Habits of Highly Effective People with Diabetes

 (Taped 2008)

Self Management / Weight Loss & Management / Heart of Diabetes

(NOTE: The following three sessions are all included in the above link.)

  1. Back to the Basics of Diabetes Self Managementcarbohydrates
    • Tips on Blood Sugar Monitoring
    • The Basics of Carbohydrate Counting
    • Changes in Blood Sugar Monitoring
    • The Emotional Challenge
    • Recipes
  2. Weight Loss & Managementtape measure on plate
    • Do Diabetes Medications Make you Fat?
    • New Medication
    • Improve Your Outlook With Physical Activity
    • Fad Diets: Are They For You?
    • Functional Foods and Diabetes
    • Recipes
  3. The Heart of Diabetesheart
    • The Heart of Diabetes
    • Cutting Fat in The Diet
    • Lowering Blood Pressure Without Drugs
    • Heart Disease and Insulin Resistance
    • Food Safety for People With Diabetes
    • Recipes

 (Taped 2007)


Impact of Control Diabetes for Life Program in Nebraska

Control Diabetes is the 2009 United States Department of Agriculture Preister Health Award winner!

  • Control Diabetes for Life has reached 4,500 people in its nine year history in areas not previously offering classes for persons with diabetes
  • This program has provided a  way to reach low income people diagnosed with diabetes as it is offered free of charge
  • Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services calculates the value of diabetes education at $900 per patient in savings of medical costs and loss of earning due to illness
  • A conservative estimate of savings for 2009 would be $360,000

Did You Know?

  • 1.5 million new cases are diagnosed each year
  • Projected that 30 to 35 million Americans will be diagnosed with diabetes by 2015
  • Half of Americans over 65 have abnormal blood glucose levels