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Diabetes and Endocrine Care

Learn to live well with diabetes

Diabetes Education

Certified Diabetes Educators will work with you on an individual basis to develop a self-management plan designed to meet your needs.

Diabetes Education is available at the following Ellis locations:

  • Schenectady
    McClellan Street Health Center
    600 McClellan Street, 2 East, Schenectady, NY 12304
  • Clifton Park
    Medical Center of Clifton Park
    103 Sitterly Road, Suite 2300, Clifton Park, NY 12065

Diabetes Day by Day is an outpatient self-management education program that is recognized by the American Diabetes Association as a program of excellence. The Diabetes Day by Day program is designed to help you learn to live well with diabetes. This program offers the participant the option to receive one-to-one instruction or take part in group sessions.

Getting Started

The first step in the program is a meeting with a Certified Diabetes Educator to determine your learning needs and decide the best, most convenient method of instruction for you.

What You Will Learn

You will learn what diabetes is, how to regulate blood sugars and how to monitor for complications. In addition, you will learn about medications, the role of exercise and stress management. You also will meet with a registered dietitian to develop an individualized meal plan. The program is designed to help people with diabetes maintain the motivation to keep up the hard work of taking care of themselves. The American Diabetes Association recommends the topics covered in the program. One to three months after you finish the program, you will have a follow-up visit with the Certified Diabetes Educator, who will evaluate your progress.

Group Classes

Classes are offered during the day and evening. They typically last about two hours. The program consists of a series of three classes:

  • Monitoring and Management
  • Move More Eat Right
  • Putting It All Together

Classes are offered in the day or evening. Full day sessions are also available. 


One of the biggest benefits of this program is that participants will establish a relationship with a Certified Diabetes Educator who will be available to answer questions and be there for them in the months to come.


Most insurance companies will pay all or most of the cost of this program. Check with your insurance plan if you have any questions. If cost is an issue, please call us for assistance at 518.347.5421.

To Register

You will need a physician's referral in order to register. Download and print the referral form (PDF).

If you need help obtaining a referral, our staff will be happy to assist you. For information on registration, please call Ellis Diabetes Care at 518.347-5421.

Contact Us

For more information about the programs or to speak with one of our educators, please call Ellis Diabetes Care at 518.347.5421.