Frequently Asked Questions

The Living Smart Diabetes Self Management Program is designed to teach patients who have diabetes how to better manage their diabetes and reduce complications. Patients have access to a team of experts. The following is a list of frequently asked questions to help you understand the value of our program.

Why should I attend a diabetes education class?

Diabetes Education Classes will help you better manage your diabetes and reduce your risks of complications.

Do I have to be a patient of Dr. Hanson in order to attend any of the diabetes classes?

No, anyone who has diabetes and gets a physician referral or self pays can attend the Living Smart Diabetes Self-Management Program.

What will I learn in class?

Diabetes Education includes individual assessment and group sessions on diabetes basics, nutrition, carbohydrate counting (including food labels), blood sugar monitoring, medications, foot and eye care, reducing complications, physical activity and Insulin therapy.

Where are the classes held?

Classes are currently held at the Living Smart conference rooms in Port Charlotte, Florida.

What times are the classes held?

All sessions for our comprehensive program start at 9am and are held on Saturdays. Weekday sessions are added based on demand.

What is a comprehensive program?

Our comprehensive program consists of 4 hours, diabetes basics, 4 hours nutrition and 1 hour of an individual session.

Who sponsors the program?

Living Smart Diabetes Self-Management Program is an American Diabetes Association Recognized Program which is sponsored by the office of Lenita Hanson MD, a board certified endocrinologist.

Who will teach the class?

Classes are taught by Certified Diabetes Educators, Registered Nurses and Registered Dietitians. All educators obtain a minimum of 15 credits annually in diabetes education.

Who is a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE)?

A Certified Diabetes Educator is a licensed professional who has had a minimum of 1000 work hours in diabetes education and who has passed a written test given by the National Certification Board of Diabetes Educators. To learn more, visit

What does the program cost?

Classes are not free. Your insurance will be billed based on your number of class hours. Medicare and most insurance will cover the class. We will verify your insurance coverage before you attend the class and notify you of any out of pocket expense ahead of time.

How do I register for a class?

Please provide us by telephone, fax or email with your name, address, phone number, the full name and phone number of your doctor and the classes you would like to attend. Living Smart will contact you regarding insurance coverage, class dates and times and any special needs that you may have. You may also use our contact us page or register thru our Patient Portal to send us a message. Please get in touch with us. We would love to hear from you.

Our contact information is provided below:

Living Smart Diabetes Self Management Program
Email for Office and Classes:

What do I bring to class?

Living Smart will provide you with all the materials you will need at class. We offer free books. We do ask that you bring your glucose meter and a test strip with you. A free glucose meter will be provided to anyone who needs one.

What if I have to cancel a class?

All of our classes are ongoing on a monthly basis and can be taken separately so it is easy for you to reschedule a class. We keep our class sizes small so we ask that you notify us as early as possible so that someone else may take your spot.

Can I bring a guest?

Yes, if the guest is a household member or your main support person who does not have diabetes. All persons with diabetes must be registered to attend any of our classes.

For any further questions, please e-mail us or call Living Smart at 941-624-4800