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New Beginnings: A Discussion Guide for Living Well with Diabetes

	New Beginnings. A discussion guide for living well with diabetes. Image of an African American coupleNew Beginnings: A Discussion Guide for Living Well with Diabetes  helps diabetes support group leaders facilitate discussions about the emotional aspects of living with diabetes. It uses stories about African Americans with diabetes to help identify family and social support needs and develop skills to address them. New Beginnings can be used to supplement diabetes self-management education sessions and in diabetes support groups.

New Beginnings Guide

The discussion guide contains tools and questions to lead a small group discussion with people who have diabetes and their family members. It has eight modules and tips and a session plan template.

Download the Guide [PDF-3.98MB]

New Beginnings Mini-Lesson

Getting Ready for Your Health Care Visit
Adapted from “Module 8—Working with Your Doctor,” of the New Beginnings Guide, this mini-lesson focuses on helping people with diabetes get ready for visits with their health care team. It includes a short video, discussion, and activity.

Getting Ready for Your Health Care Visit Discussion Guide [PDF - 1 MB]

Infographic: Five Questions to Ask Your Health Care Team about Managing Your Type 2 Diabetes

Worksheets and Forms


Promotional Tools

Use these downloadable tools to promote New Beginnings in your community for people with diabetes and their families.

Webinar: Diabetes, Distress, and Depression: Incorporating the Emotional Side of Diabetes in Clinical Care

Integrate the emotional aspects of diabetes into diabetes clinical care. This approach can reduce confusion between depression and distress so that appropriate and targeted patient-centered interventions can occur.

Managing the Emotional Impact of Diabetes Audio Program

This audio program includes three introductory modules for group leaders using New Beginnings:A Discussion Guide for Living Well With Diabetes  including:

This program has been approved for CNE, CEU, and CECH credit through CDC Training Finder Real-time Affiliate Integrated Network (TRAIN). Visit the TRAIN registration page for more information about continuing education.