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First Steps Program

Joslin's First Steps Program

The Joslin's First Steps ProgramTM was created for healthcare providers and educators to use with their patients who have diabetes, the Program includes two Flipcharts, a Leader’s Guide; Joslin’s First Steps Booklet and five First Steps Handouts. The individual components can be purchased separately or as a package.

The Flipcharts provide a wealth of information about diabetes care and management. Colorful graphics on the patient-facing pages cover topics such as monitoring, key tests, diabetes medicines, nutrition, physical activity and reducing risks.  The provider-facing page offers helpful talking points and clinical information.

The Flipcharts are designed to be very versatile. There are two Flipcharts. Flipchart I contains Part 1 – The Basics of Managing DiabetesFlipchart II contains Part 2 – Nutrition and Activity and Part 3 – Medicines, Monitoring and Reducing Risks. Each Part can be used in its entirety as the framework for a “class” that would take about 1.5-2 hours.
Click here for more detailed information on the Flipcharts.


The Leader’s Guide contains detailed curricula or lesson plans and also provides valuable information  about how to use them to obtain recognition for having a quality diabetes education program so that your programs eligible for reimbursement.The Leader’s Guide is the same regardless of which Flipchart(s) you have. Each Flipchart is designed to stand on its own. The information does not need to be delivered in a particular order, although it is recommended to begin with the “Part I: Basics” Flipchart for the best overview.

First Steps - A Basic Guide to Managing Your Diabetes , is a delightfully illustrated first guide booklet to understanding diabetes and how to manage it. Written for those with type 1 or type 2. Available in English and Spanish.

To enable your patients to take home important educational messages, our five Handouts cover:  Understanding Blood Glucose, Your Guide to Eating Well, Your Diabetes Medicines – Insulin, Your Diabetes Medicines - Diabetes Pills Steps for Staying Healthy.
Handouts are available in six languages.           

 To Buy Individual Pieces of the Program:

To Purchase the Entire Joslin’s First Steps Program which includes: Flipcharts I and II; a Leader’s Guide; 25 First Steps Booklets; and 25 of each Handout.

Item #: JDC 800

Price: $240.00

Page last updated: August 18, 2019