Lifespan Lifestyle Medicine Center
Lifespan Physician Group

Diabetes Education Services

About Prediabetes and Diabetes

Prediabetes means you have higher than normal blood sugar levels. Managing your prediabetes can prevent Type 2 diabetes. Prediabetes doesn’t always have symptoms, so it’s important to get blood sugar levels tested, especially if you’re at high risk.

Diabetes is a common condition that affects people of all ages. There are several forms of diabetes, but type 2 is the most common. A combination of treatment strategies can help you manage the condition to live a healthy life and prevent complications.

Losing weight, exercising regularly and eating healthy can reverse prediabetes and help prevent or manage Type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes Nutrition Group

Join this group if you are having trouble managing your A1C level and want to learn more about how food and nutrition impacts diabetes.

The Diabetes Nutrition Group meets in-person at Lifespan's Lifestyle Medicine Center at 148 West River Street, Suite 1-G, Providence, RI, 02904.

Upcoming Session

Our upcoming session meets on Wednesdays, from September 6 through 27, at 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Call 401-793-7817 or email to learn more and register.

Group Topics

This 4-week, in-person course will help you manage your blood sugar levels and much more. 

Topics include:

  • Diabetes 101
  • Nutrition fact labels
  • MyPlate
  • Carbohydrates and sugar-sweetened beverages
  • SMART goals
  • Protein and fats
  • Medication management
  • Movement
  • Meal makeovers
  • Healthy beverages

Group Leaders

This group is led by registered dietitian Benjamin Nelson, MS, RD, LDN, CPTN, registered nurse Jennifer Nappi, RN, and pharmacist Safiya Naidjate PharmD, BCACP, CDCES.

Program Cost and Insurance

Please check with your insurance company to find out if diabetes nutrition groups are covered, number of visits covered, and what your responsibilities are regarding co-pays or deductibles. 

This program is led by a registered dietitian. We will bill your insurance and there may be a co-pay.

Prediabetes Shared Medical Appointment (SMA)

A shared medical appointment is a medical visit where multiple patients are seen at the same time by a physician in a supportive group setting.  We believe the SMA offers many benefits to our patients including:

  • More time with your physician
  • Personal attention from a medical team
  • More relaxed setting
  • Time to ask questions

Group Topics

This SMA will help you or someone you know learn how to manage the diagnosis of prediabetes and introduce the following topics:

  • Diabetes 101
  • General Nutrition Overview using MyPlate
  • Nutrition Facts Label
  • Habit Change – SMART goals  
  • Mindful eating
  • Favorite meal ideas and how these changes will affect blood glucose
  • Discuss movement and physical activity

Program Cost and Insurance

Group visits are billed through insurance company and may require a copayment or coinsurance.

Next Session

The next group session will take place on Wednesdays from October 4 through 25, at 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Sessions take place at the Lifestyle Medicine Center, 148 West River Street, 2nd Floor, Suite 1-G, Providence, RI, 02904.

For more information, please call 401-793-7817 or email