Diabetes Jump-Start Program

Welcome to the Diabetes Jump-Start Program. This program provides information on self-care and preventive care for Exclusive Care members diagnosed with diabetes. The materials are designed to complement the care you receive from your doctor by increasing your understanding and management of diabetes, as well as provide you with tools to help you monitor your diabetes care.

Your Exclusive Care Health Plan provides you your diabetes medications and supplies free of charge!

Please note: This information is provided to you for educational purposes only, and should not be considered medical advice. Before changing any lifestyle activities, please discuss any health improvement activities or concerns that you may have with your doctor.

The Center for Optimal Health Medical Office

Medical homes are the foundation for patient-centered care and are responsive to individual patient preferences, needs, and values. The Center for Optimal Health Medical Office is conveniently located near downtown Riverside at the site of the Don Schroeder Family Clinic and the Rubidoux Pharmacy. The Center offers a convenient way for Exclusive Care members to receive all recommended preventative services, including nutrition and fitness consultations, at one site with no cost to members. You may access this service regardless of your PCP assignment. Same day appointments are available.

Rubidoux Pharmacy

For the best possible utilization of your prescriptions, contact the Pharmacist for a consultation. Save time and money by taking advantage of the Pharmacy’s mail order program – members receive 3 months of medications for the cost of 2 months copay. There are no copays for diabetes medications and supplies, or hypertension and cholesterol medications. Your Flexible Spending Account (FSA) card is accepted.

Risk Assessment

Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test

Your path to good health just got a lot easier. Enter some basic health information and this Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test will calculate your risk for type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

Diabetes Videos Showcase

What Is Diabetes?
Michael Stevens breaks down the science of diabetes—how blood sugar is used for energy by our cells and the important role insulin plays in the process. (10:49 min)

Signs and Symptoms Of Diabetes
How do you know if you have type 2 diabetes? Certified Diabetes Educator, Joy Pape, joins Michael Stevens, host of Vsauce, to explain why it’s so important to get screened for diabetes, and what screening results may mean. (9:40 min)

Diabetes By The Numbers
Michael Stevens and Certified Diabetes Educator, Joy Pape, take us through FPG, PPG, and A1C—the numbers you need to know to keep track of your blood sugar. (8:55 min)

Blood Sugar And The Body
What really happens when too much sugar builds up in the blood? Michael Stevens shows us the effects that long-term high blood sugar can have on the body. (6:07 min)

Diabetes Treatment Options
Diabetes treatment is different for different people. Michael Stevens, host of Vsauce, shows us the medication options and delivery devices that may be prescribed to people with type 2 diabetes. (12:25 min)

Diabetes Management
Michael Stevens introduces us to the members of our diabetes support team and the 4 basics of diabetes care—taking medicine, tracking blood sugar, eating healthy, and staying active. (7:41 min)

Diabetes Videos Showcase (Spanish)

Que es la Diabetes
Este video da una explicación de la Diabetes, cómo afecta el cuerpo, los factores de riesgo, y también qué causa la Diabetes. (5:25 min)


Why Diabetes Matters
Diabetes can affect many major organs in your body, which can lead to an array of serious complications when left untreated. The American Heart Association offers this list of medical problems.

Diagnosing Diabetes and Learning about Prediabetes
There are several ways to diagnose diabetes. Each way usually needs to be repeated on a second day to diagnose diabetes. Check out this informative article from the American Diabetes Association.

What is Gestational Diabetes?
Pregnant women who have never had diabetes before but who have high blood glucose (sugar) levels during pregnancy are said to have gestational diabetes. According to a 2014 analysis by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the prevalence of gestational diabetes is as high as 9.2%. Learn more in this article from the American Diabetes Association.

Gestational Diabetes Screening: Questions for the Doctor
Visiting the doctor can be stressful. It helps to have questions written down before your appointment. Get this list of questions from healthfinder.gov, and take it with you the next time you visit your doctor or midwife.

Preventing Diabetes: Questions for the Doctor
You are more likely to get type 2 diabetes if you are overweight and inactive – or if you have prediabetes. People with prediabetes have blood glucose levels higher than usual, but not enough to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Get this list of questions from healthfinder.gov, and take it with you the next time you visit your doctor.

Does Diabetes Cause Depression?
At any given time, most people with diabetes do not have depression. But studies show that people with diabetes have a greater risk of depression than people without diabetes. There are no easy answers about why this is true. Get more information from the American Diabetes Association.

Diabetes Meal Plans and a Healthy Diet
For people living with diabetes who want to learn more about how to make healthy food choices that fit their lifestyle and taste, it can be tough to make out fact from fiction with so much conflicting information in the media. The American Diabetes Association reviews the latest research looking at what is safe and works well for people at risk or living with diabetes.

Positive Self-Talk Makes a Difference
Self-talk is the internal conversation that you have with yourself. Believe it or not, the way you talk to yourself can have a big influence on how you feel and act. That's why it is so important to be aware of the conversations you have with yourself about physical activity and your fitness abilities. It can have an impact on your performance and whether or not you stick to your plan. Get more ideas on self-talk at the American Diabetes Association.

Tools & Resources

Drug Interaction Checker
This tool may not cover all possible drug interactions. The information provided here is for informational purposes only. The information contained herein should NOT be used as a substitute for the advice of an appropriately qualified and licensed physician or other health care provider. Please check with a physician if you have health questions or concerns.

Recipes & Food
Get healthy new idea for main dishes, salads, sandwiches, breakfast, snacks, and more from the “The Healthy Living Magazine.”