Health education: a menu of choices
Open to UC Davis Medical Group Patients and Employees
Welcome to the list of Health education classes. We strive to create an environment where you can learn to make positive changes to improve your health. Our goal is to empower you with helpful information to improve your wellbeing.
Please scroll through the various classes listed below and contact our office at (916)734-0718 or toll free at 866-683-2154 to take advantage of these learning opportunites. Most clases are offered free to Patients and Health System Employees, with no co-payment. Class locations and times vary. Find the class that works for you!
Click here to find classes by location, or you may view the complete schedule for each class below.
Preventing Diabetes - Living Healthy
Preventing Diabetes - Living Healthy is a 2 hour class that provides information on:
- Risk Factors for developing pre-diabetes and diabetes
- Lifestyle strategies to delay or prevent diabetes
- Importance of nutrition and it's role in prevention
- Emphasis on physical activity and weight management
Managing Depression (New)
Managing Depression is a 2 hour class that provides information on:
- Learning to recognize and reduce depression symptoms
- Making therapy work
- Getting the support you need
- Building healthy habits to reduce depression
Smoking Cessation Opportunities
Resources listed below are offered throughout the year free of charge at multiple locations.
Strategies to Quit Workshop
2 hour interactive workshop addressing strategies to quit tobacco. Basic Information about tobacco addiction, how to break the addiction cycle, medications, and self-management skills.
SToP: Stop Tobacco Program
The SToP: Stop Tobacco Smoking Cessation series meets for 7 sessions over several weeks and focuses on empowering tobacco users to overcome the addiction. It incorporates many aspects of smoking cessation including behavior modification, nutrition, medications, and relapse prevention. Various tools and strategies are offered and a multidisciplinary team consults with the group to support each person’s process. Led by a Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist.
Smoke-Free Support Group
Smoke-Free Support Group is a once a month, drop-in group for those who have quit tobacco and desire ongoing support. Directed discussion about various topics as presented by participants. Facilitated by a Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist or Health Educator. Drop-in basis for UC Davis Health System Patients and Employees. No registration required.
Smoking Cessation Opportunities schedules
These programs are open to UC Davis Health System patients and Employees.
Achieving a Healthy Weight
Achieving a Healthy Weight is a 2 hour weight management class. Topics include overview of healthy weight loss strategies.
The class explores the benefits of weight loss and physical activity while utilizing tools such as BMI, waist measurement, portion sizes, plate method, and food journaling for support.
Weight Managment & Lifestyle Program: Living Light and Living Well
Living Light and Living Well is a 12 week adult weight management and lifestyle program. Each class is 2 hours and is facilitated by a Registered Dietitian and Health Educator. Learn new approaches for reaching your healthier weight and improving overall wellness.
Sessions include topics such as:
- Long-term behavior changes
- A non-diet approach to weight loss
- The benefits and different types of physical activity
- Empowerment and responsibility towards weight management
The program is open to UC Davis Health System Patients and Employees. $175 for the entire 12 weeks, cost of materials is included! Medical clearance by your physician is required prior to participation in the program, also some lab tests may be necessary. To register or for more information call (916) 734-0718.
For location and times information please visit the Living Light and Living Well schedule.
Keep the Beat! Strategies for Heart Health
Keep the Beat! Strategies for Heart Health is a two session class providing information on healthy lifestyle changes to improve cholesterol levels and blood pressure control. Each class is 2 hours and is fascilitated by a Registered Nurse and a Registered Dietitian. Topics covered will include:
- Stress Management
- Physical activity
- Weight Management for a healthy heart
Do More with Heart Failure
Do More with Heart Failure is a 2 hour class facilitated by a registered nurse. The class aims to improve self-care for people with heart failure by offering interactive education and discussion.Topics covered will include:
- Symptom management
- Low sodium nutrition
- Fluids and daily weights
- Physical activity and overcoming fears
Astma/COPD- Easy Breathing
Easy Breathing Class is a 2 hour class facilitated by a registered nurse. The class aims to improve self-care of asthma and COPD by offering interactive education and discussion. Topics covered will include:
- Anxiety management
- Physical activity
- Management of respiratory emergencies.
Healthy Living with Chronic Pain
Healthy Living with Chronic Pain is a 1 1/2 hour class designed to enhance self-management skills and improve quality of life for those struggling with chronic pain.
The class offers discussion and education for improving daily management of pain through lifestyle changes and self- management skill development.
8 Weeks to a Healthier You (New)
8 weeks to a Healthier You is an educational series (8 classes, 1 ½ hours each). Ideal for those with a chronic health condition (for example excessive weight, arthritis, diabetes, asthma, heart failure, high cholesterol, depression, etc) struggling to achieve their health goals. The series provides insightful approaches to behavior and lifestyle change aimed to help participants overcome barriers. The series is facilitated by a licensed clinical social worker and also engages guest speakers such as dietitians, nurses, and/or pharmacists.
Diabetes: Meters & Monitoring Workshop (Improved)
Meters & Monitoring is a 1 1/2 hour workshop focused on making glucose testing work for you. Recommended for anyone interested in understanding blood sugar monitoring, and improving techniques and strategies. Discussion will include:
- Target blood sugar goals
- Strategies for testing
- How often to test
- Importance of recording blood sugars
Diabetes: Let's Get Started
Let’s Get Started is a 2 hour basic diabetes class for patients newly diagnosed or wishing to learn updated diabetes self-management skills.
Topics covered in the class include:
- Understanding basic diabetes physiology
- Basic nutritionion concepts
- Target blood sugar ranges
- Identifying high and low blood sugars
- The benefits of physical activity
Diabetes: Dining with Diabetes: The Basics
Dining with Diabetes is a 2 hour class focusing on diabetes nutrition basics.Participants who take this class are eligible for the Dining with Diabetes: Advanced course.Taught by a registered dietician, this class covers topics such as:
- Basic carbohydrate counting
- Meal timing
- Portion control
- Label reading
- General eating away from home
Diabetes: Dining with Diabetes: Advanced
Dining with Diabetes: Advanced is a 2 hour interactive diabetes workshop taught by a registered dietitian. Participants will learn advanced skills using example food records and then design personal menus aimed to meet their needs. Required: Previous completion of In Charge and In Control or Dining with Diabetes: The Basics.
Diabetes: In Charge and In Control
In Charge and In Control is a comprehensive diabetes series. Recognized by the American Diabetes Association for meeting the national standards for diabetes self-management education. The class takes place over four 2-hour and15-minute sessions or two 4-hour and 15-minute sessions. Topics covered in the class include:
- Understanding diabtes physiology
- Self care
- Physical activity
- Foot care
- Complications and action plans
Diabetes: RN Individual Diabetes Education
RN Individual Diabetes Education is an appointment with a Registered Nurse specialized in diabetes education to address recurring hypo/hyperglycemia, monitoring strategies, medication management, initiation of insulin injections, or other diabetes related issues. The educator works with the patient and the primary care provider to customize a regimen that fits the individual’s lifestyle. Cost: Subject to Co-payment if required
Diabetes: Recharge Workshop
Recharge Workshop is a 2 hour workshop taught by a certified diabetes educator. The course reviews self-care strategies and participants will receive updates on diabetes information. It is designed as a follow-up course for patients who have attended multiple classes, including In Charge and In Control, and may need to be re-energized about their diabetes self care. Recognized by the American Diabetes Association (ADA).
Additional educational opportunities from the UC Davis Health System:
Lifesteps® Weight Management program
Lifesteps® is a weight management program that stresses the importance of diet and behavior modification techniques for weight loss. This program consists of weekly one-hour sessions for 12 weeks. For class schedule or to register, please call (916) 734-8407 or (916) 734-6224, ext 3.
University of California, Davis Asthma Network (UCAN) program
The UCAN Clinic provides treatment and education for patients with difficult to control asthma and COPD. UCAN team includes registered respiratory therapists who are nationally certified asthma educators, an allergy professor and two professors of pulmonary medicine, all of whom are “asthmatologists”. For further information, please call (916) 734-5676.
Preventive Cardiology education classes
Preventive Cardiology at UC Davis Health System offer several patient education classes. Please click here to see the complete list of classes.
Chronic Kidney Disease education classes
The class defines chronic kidney disease and how to make choices about treatment that optimize quality of life. Discussions about diet, insurance, support, hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, kidney transplant, access for dialysis and more are included. For more information, please see The Real You...Again a Conversation on Living Well with Chronic Kidney Disease.