As a result of COVID-19, many in-person health education classes have transitioned to online formats. In Santa Barbara, two organizations offer valuable bilingual and virtual opportunities for Latinos with and at risk of diabetes. Santa Barbara City College offers a 16-week course called “Vidas Sanas” through the Physical Education and English as a Second Language (ESL) Departments. This interactive course follows the “Prevent Type 2 Diabetes” curriculum from the Centers for Disease Control, and highlights topics such as physical education, healthy eating, and weight loss strategies. For more information, contact course instructor Rony Santiago (805-252-3347, or ESL Student Services Assistant Raquel Alvarado ( To request more information on the SBCC ESL Program please click here.

Sansum Diabetes Research Institute offers bilingual health education classes through our hands-on program called “Ocho Pasos,” an 8-week diabetes self-management education series for Spanish-speakers. Participants learn how to avoid complications, identify risk factors, plan healthy meals, and control blood sugar levels. Click here to learn more about future class opportunities:

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