In each Peer Group, the members select someone from the group to be the leader. This person is then trained by a medical expert in diabetes, so that he or she can pass on the correct advice. The group decide for themselves, under the guidance of the leader, what they would like to do during meetings, and what topics to discuss. Some groups invite a physical fitness trainer to demonstrate suitable exercises. Or a dietitian, or someone within the group who has controlled their diabetes well, can give advice on tasty, healthy food and how to prepare it, as well as what to avoid or eat only occasionally.
Other activities include demonstrations on how to look after your feet or how to manage insulin, particularly when traveling or fasting. Some groups have demonstrations of simple yoga exercises, with discussion on how to build exercise into everyday life – ‘a little but often’ is a good motto. Sometimes a member invites the group to their home where cooking healthy food can be demonstrated, followed by eating together and having a good time.