Healthy Living with Diabetes

Michelle Comeau

Hi!  I'm Michelle Comeau and I'm a Healthy Living with Diabetes (HLWD) Master Trainer at the Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging. 


If you're interested in becoming a HLWD program leader, bringing a HLWD workshop to your community, or just have questions about the program, please email me at  





Special thanks to MetaStar, data reporting and analysis partner for Healthy Living with Diabetes.  



Healthy Living with Diabetes (HLWD) is a high-level evidence-based workshop for people who have diabetes.  Developed at Stanford University, the Healthy Living with Diabetes workshop meets for 2-1/2 hours once a week for six weeks. This community-based program is very interactive, where mutual support and success build participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their health condition and maintain active and fulfilling lives.  It is facilitated by two trained leaders in a small group setting, and most of the learning comes from sharing and helping others in the workshop with similar challenges.

Who should take it?
Workshops are best for anyone who:

  • Has, or lives with someone who has, diabetes (Type 2, Pre, or Type 1)
  • Does not have dementia
Healthy Living with Diabetes does not replace existing treatments, but serves to complement a participant’s current medical treatment plan

Topics talked about:
  • What is diabetes?
  • Short-term goal setting
  • Monitoring blood sugars
  • Healthy eating and nutrition: food label reading and meal planning
  • Relaxation Techniques
  • Planning for the future
  • Partnering with health provider
  • Fitness for exercise and fun!
  • Feedback and problem-solving
  • Preventing high and low blood sugars
  • Preventing or delaying complications
  • Stress and depression management
  • Communicating effectively with friends, family, and medical team
What’s in it for me?  People who have taken the workshop show:
  • Better health and increased confidence in managing their diabetes
  • Improvements in blood sugar levels and A1C
  • Decrease in health distress and hypo- and hyperglycemia
  • Minimize the adverse effects of diabetes
  • Fewer doctor and emergency room visits and fewer hospitalizations

Where can I find it?

Visit our Find a Workshop page to see if a Healthy Living with Diabetes workshop is available in your area.



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