Diabetes Undone

What is diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes is a disease in which blood sugar levels are higher than normal.‡ Prediabetes is a condition in which blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough for a diabetes diagnosis. Without intervention, as much as 70 percent will develop the disease in their lifetime. The most significant contributors to or causes type 2 diabetes and prediabetes are poor diet and physical inactivity.

Diabetes can lead to damaged blood vessels, heart attacks, strokes, blindness, liver disease, kidney failure, infections, amputations, and premature death. Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the US. It cost the United States an estimated $245 billion in 2012.

Here in Shasta County, 61% of adults have either diabetes or prediabetes. That is about 110,000 individuals! The potential impact of this disease in this County is staggering.‡‡

The conventional treatment of type 2 diabetes is medications, which function to lower the blood sugar in the blood. But this does not treat the underlying causes. Diabetes Undone is a program teaching people to make significant lifestyle changes that can reverse their type 2 diabetes and prediabetes.

The Redding Seventh-day Adventist Church has signed up to host the Diabetes Undone program. Along with other ministries, our church will be able to further reach out to our community. By ministering to people’s physical needs, we are paving the way for their hearts to be reached by the Holy Spirit. This will help them to recognize God as their Creator and Restorer.

For details about the upcoming Diabetes Undone workshop, please continue below. For details on how to become a volunteer, please scroll down.


1. What is the Diabetes Undone program?
It is a workshop utilizing lifestyle changing principles to help people work toward the goal of reversing their type 2 diabetes and prediabetes. The program also helps with other chronic diseases.

2. Does the program reverse type 1 diabetes?
No. People with type 1 diabetes do not make enough insulin. It is not a result of bad health habits. However, the program can help type 1 diabetics to better manage their blood sugar as well as other chronic diseases.

3. Who runs the Diabetes Undone workshop?
Medical and non-medical volunteers from the community. Note: This workshop is NOT meant to replace your medical providers! Following the health strategies outlined in this program can drop blood sugars very quickly. It is important to check blood sugars frequently and to work with your doctor and healthcare team.

4. What type of format does the workshop use?
It uses a combination of short video presentations, interactions, and discussions in small groups setting.

5. What is the advantage of the group format?
This group-based model of learning provides an engaging, expert-driven video encounters, and multiple exercises environment. It includes supportive and accountability role from the Diabetes Undone Team. This positions the participants for long term success through lasting lifestyle change and friendship.

6. Who should join the program?
Anyone with diabetes or prediabetes. Family members of diabetics and prediabetics are also highly encouraged to join. Participants get better results when the whole family is involved with changing their lifestyle habits.

7. Who else would also benefit from joining the program?
Anyone with chronic diseases or want to prevent chronic diseases such as heart disease, hypertension, obesity, arthritis, gouts, depression, etc. Or anyone who is just interested in optimizing her or his health

8. How do I register for the workshop?
Call 530-243-1461 or email ReddingDiabetesUndone@gmail.com
Please provide your first and last name, phone number, and email (if available)

9. How many sessions are there?
There are total of 4 sessions.

10. How long is each session?
About 2 hours with videos, discussions, and questions.

11. How many weeks does the workshop last?
One week (4 sessions)

12. On what days are the sessions held?
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings.

13. When does the next workshop start?
Sunday, October 13, 2019

14. What time does each session start?

15. Where does the workshop take place?
Redding Seventh-day Adventist Church, 2828 Eureka Way, Redding, CA 96001

16. How do I register for the workshop?
Call 530-243-1461 or email ReddingDiabetesUndone@gmail.com
Please provide your first and last name, phone number, and email (if available)

17. How much does it cost per participant?
$30 per participant, a 70% off the recommended $99

18. Why is the cost so much lower than the recommended price?
We want to make the program affordable so everyone who is interested would not be deterred because of cost.

19. What does the $30 include?
Registration fee for participation in all four sessions, a course-accompanied workbook, a bonus DVD filled with valuable health information, and online access to the Diabetes Undone website

20. Is there a discount if I bring someone?
The cost of the first participant is $30. For each subsequent participant that shares the same workbook and DVD, the cost is only $10 per person toward the registration fee.

21. Are there any other optional resources available?
An optional but highly recommended diabetes-specific cookbook is available for purchase on site for $25. Extra copies of the workbook, cookbook, and/or DVD are also available for purchase.

22. What forms of payment do you accept?
Checks or cash. Please make checks payable to Redding SDA Church, memo “Diabetes Undone.” We are not able to process credit card payments.

23. When do I pay?
At the beginning of the first session

24. Is there a refund?
Participants can request a refund before the end of the second session. The $10 registration fee will be refunded. The cost of the workbook and DVD, as well as the cookbook, if purchased, will be refunded also, providing that they have not been written on or opened. 

25. How many participants for each workshop?
The program does not recommend more than 20 participants per workshop.

26. How do I reserve my spot for the workshop?
 Call 530-243-1461 or email ReddingDiabetesUndone@gmail.com

27. Can I show up to the first session and join?
Only if space is available. Register in advance is highly recommended.

28.  Does the program have cooking demonstrations?
No. The program does not include cooking demos or cooking classes. But on certain sessions there will be food samplings brought by the volunteers.

29. How often are the workshops?
Tentatively twice a year in Spring and Fall. Please check back this website often for definitive dates.

30. What is the Diabetes Undone program website?

31. What if I have more questions about the Diabetes Undone workshop?
Call 530-243-1461 or email ReddingDiabetesUndone@gmail.com

To register for the upcoming Diabetes Undone workshop: Call 530-243-1461 or email ReddingDiabetesUndone@gmail.com
Please provide your first and last name, phone number, and email (if available)

Frequently Asked Questions on becoming a volunteer

1. What volunteers do you need?
Facilitators, health partners, and coordinator (This makes up the Diabetes Undone Team)

2. What is the role of the facilitator?
The friendly, local face of the program, the facilitator hosts the sessions and makes announcements. While a medical professional who has gone through the program is recommended, a gifted communicator may do just as well (or better). The ideal is a caring, healthy, and enthusiastic person.

3. How does the facilitator know what to do?
The facilitator uses a detailed facilitator manual (provided). He or she will guide the participants through the course. The facilitator needs to thoroughly watch the videos at least once and review the videos in the upcoming session before facilitating.

4. How many facilitators do you need?
A few.

5. What is the role of the health partners?
The supportive "coaches" of the program, the health partners are essential to the long-term success of the participants. They foster connection and lead group discussions. They also help participants set and achieve personal health goals for each of the program's 9 steps. In addition, they provide accountability by being committed to receiving daily, individual calls from the participants in their group. The calls are optional, but encouraged for motivation and accountability. The health partner needs to thoroughly watch the course at least once and review the videos in the upcoming session.

6. How many health partners do you need?
Quite a few.

7. When and where are the videos available? 
There are about 40 short videos available for viewing at DiabetesUndone.com. Instructions on how to access them will be provided. .

8. What if I don’t have access to the internet at home?
The public library is an option. The program is also in DVDs format. But we probably only have 1 or 2 sets available since it costs additional money to purchase. We will try to work something out.

9. Do the volunteers need to be vegetarians or vegans, or being a diabetic themselves?
No. Volunteers do not need to be vegetarians, vegans, diabetics, or former diabetics. But they do need to understand and agree with the Diabetes Undone principles. They should be able to relate to the participants in some way, and be able to encourage them.

10. What are the Diabetes Undone principles?
One needs to recognize and understand that most cases of type 2 diabetes can be reversed through changes in lifestyle choices. In a lot of cases, dramatic changes in diet and exercise are necessary. In order to maintain healthy choices in lifestyle, one also needs to focus on the complete person: mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as the physical.

11. Do the volunteers need to be there for the whole 8 sessions?
Ideally, yes. This would be best for continuity. But we understand that not everyone can commit to every single session. Missing 1, 2, or 3 sessions probably is acceptable. If we have enough volunteers, perhaps we could stagger them over the sessions.

12. Do the volunteers need to meet together?
The whole Diabetes Undone Team needs to meet together periodically to evaluate progress. How often we need to meet is to be determined. But again, we understand that not everyone can commit to all or any of the meetings.

13. Do I have a choice to volunteer as either a facilitator, or a health partner, or both?

14. What other possible responsibilities for volunteers?
We may need help on setting up room, signing in participants, bringing food samplings, etc.

15. What does the coordinator do?
The coordinator registers the workshop, manages the coordination of scheduling, ordering kits, overseas marketing initiatives and manages the rest of the team, including team meetings.

16. How many coordinators do you need?
We have enough at this time.

17. What if I have more questions about being a volunteer?
Call 530-243-1461 or email ReddingDiabetesUndone@gmail.com

18. Count me in! How do I sign up to be a volunteer?
Call 530-243-1461 or email ReddingDiabetesUndone@gmail.com