This group coaching program was created for parents like you to reduce the day to day blood sugar roller coasters, worry less, and stop diabetes from getting in your child's way.
Counting carbs, reading online articles and forums for advice, relying on your endo for insulin adjustments and technology support, and - most of all - managing all of the emotions that come with being a parent while caring for a child with diabetes.
Perhaps you have an endo you LOVE, or maybe you’re still searching for that perfect partnership. Either way, you want more real life experience and real time guidance to navigate the ups and downs of T1D. You need more than just a check-in every 3 months to get an A1C test and go over a few days of CGM graphs.
You’re a caregiver to more than one child. You’re a partner. You’re working. What you really need is someone who understands the complexities of diabetes.
For many of our past family clients, it’s an overwhelming combination of everything. Which is why it feels like you're constantly carrying the burden without enough support.
lower A1C and increased time in range
would recommend to another T1D
reported increased quality of life
Lived with a T1D for a combined 71 years.
Coached more than 300+ individuals and families with type 1 diabetes.
Is ready to teach you everything they know.
And on top of that? We’ve worked with individual clients who have had T1D for 15, 25, even 35 years. Our methods will help you learn the ropes now to make diabetes less overwhelming and so you can pass the knowledge and empowerment onto your child for the future.
By applying to our Family Group Coaching Program, you are tapping into our personal lived experience + thousands of hours of T1D coaching experience.
We created this 8-week group coaching program for you to feel supported, educated, + connected to other parents of T1D kids. It comes with all the education you've been missing, and pieces you don't yet know you need.
You want your child to have a healthy relationship with food, not a stressful one.
Your child deserves to be more carefree and enjoy all of the things kids should enjoy without sacrificing their health.
You crave a deeper understanding (and plan!) for how everything from food, activity, and hormones can impact your child’s blood sugar.
You want to learn how to better optimize your child's insulin and technology.
You know so much already, but you need a better, proven process to decipher what works for your child’s body, and how to get ahead of the spikes and drops.
Your child needs to feel empowered as they grow and gain independence, to not feel confined by diabetes.
Your family’s schedule is hectic and you need to build in on-the-go strategies for keeping diabetes in line as you go about your day.
You and your child are waking up to CGM alarms in the middle of the night 2-3 times a week.
You can predict there will be low or high blood sugars each time you drop off your child for gymnastics or baseball practice.
Your family meals, parties, and sleep overs add an extra layer of challenge because it feels like food is always the central focus.
You feel that diabetes is interfering with your family dynamics.
You know something needs to change but it's hard to imagine finding the time to figure it out on your own.
How to prevent lows/ highs before, during + after activities.
What to do when things go wrong.
Practicing healthy communication.
How to think like your endo (or even better!).
How to talk to your child about their diabetes (with guidance from our psychologist).
How to form habits that lead to independence.
How to handle challenging foods and post meal highs.
Strategies to optimize technology.
Navigating changes of routine, such as travel, sleepovers, or camp.
And you’ll have a team of coaches who also live with diabetes and who are knowledgeable and passionate about getting you and your family on the fast track to becoming a family of diabetes experts!
8 weekly group coaching calls.
Two 1:1 coaching calls.
Access to our educational vault of resources.
Weekday slack communication for real-time support.
2 coaches and 1 guest coach- clinical psychologist + T1D Dr. Elana Dumont.
Lauren Bongiorno is the Founder and CEO of Risely Health. When Lauren was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at 7 years old, the cure was “just around the corner.” As she grew up, she and her family quickly realized that they couldn’t sit around and wait for that day to figure out how to live a full life despite diabetes.
Lauren’s pivotal moment in her own T1D journey was when she was a junior in college, and was celebrated by her doctor for achieving a 5.7 A1C, even though she didn’t feel healthy or happy in her own body.
In that moment, she realized that success with diabetes is commonly viewed only as a set of numbers, and that it doesn’t take into account personal relationships with food, body, mental health, and each person’s unique needs, lifestyles, and patterns.
From there, Lauren went on to find empowerment in her life by creating more awareness of her mindset and behaviors and how they connected to diabetes. Once she brought all of these pieces together, everything in life shifted.
Lauren ultimately became a nationally Board-Certified Health Coach to help other people with type 1 diabetes create transformative outcomes for themselves. She has been able to see what’s missing in the traditional diabetes management model. And fill that gap.
Lauren lives on Long Island, New York, where she runs the company, spends time with her family, and stays active by finding all kinds of activities to challenge her body and keep it moving. Someday, she hopes to visit Peru, to see where her grandfather grew up.
Since 2015, Lauren’s company has directly supported more than 5,000 people and families impacted by diabetes, and she’s just getting started.
Trista is a certified health coach with a huge passion for helping people where they are.
Her own journey overcoming hormone imbalances, insulin resistance, and relationship with food inspires her work with clients every day, and her work as an educator and learning specialist led her naturally into a role as a coach in our Family programs.
Trista was born and raised in Vermont, where she developed an appreciation for the outdoors and healthy living. She credits her young diabetes confidence to the support she received from her father, who also lives with T1D. She had an active childhood that evolved into college athletics, traveling abroad, and interning for a women-owned business in Uganda.
Even though Trista grew up with a father who also had T1D, she still struggled with a lot of challenges around blood sugars, self acceptance, and hormones during important years of her childhood and adolescence. Having been both a player and a coach; a student and an educator; and a coaching client of Lauren Bongiorno in 2017, over time Trista realized her true passion was applying her skills to coaching women and families of children with T1D.
Trista now lives in Massachusetts where she enjoys walking, hiking, yoga, pilates, and strength training. She is also a certified yoga instructor and is currently in school working towards her NBHWC certification. She dreams of visiting all 50 states someday.
Trista believes in the power of the coaching dynamic to help people overcome T1D challenges, create sustainable change, and infuse self-confidence and independence along the way.
In this family coaching program, Dr. Elana coaches alongside Lauren and Trista on parenting a child with T1D, dynamics between partners and family members, cognitive behavioral techniques, strategies to navigate food, and parenting self care.
Dr. Elana Dumont is a NYS licensed clinical psychologist and was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at 22 years old. In addition to her private practice, she works as a school psychologist in an NYC private school.
Dr. Elana specializes in working with children, teens, and adults with mood and anxiety disorders and has a special interest in treating individuals and families with chronic illness.
Before this group coaching program I felt like if I couldn’t control the entire situation, then I couldn’t control Owen’s blood sugars. Example- if we didn’t stick to our schedule, or if I didn’t make the food myself and measure everything out then his numbers would be chaos. I felt limited, stuck, and trapped essentially by his T1D.
After coaching, we have seen drastic improvements in being able to manage his numbers and also the freedom that comes with it. I felt like this program really looked at the whole picture. Teaches parents how EVERYTHING affects blood sugars & not just how much insulin to give for carbs. Also, being able to see patterns & adjust how we handle that has been HUGE.
As a result we now have more spontaneous play dates, we all get more rest because of better overnight numbers, have more food freedom, and I am more overall confident in my ability to manage Owen’d T1D.
If you’re on the fence about this program, all I can say is DO IT!!!!!!!
You have so much on your plate as a parent already. Why should you add this to the list?
You’re already spending time on it. You’re spending time on it right now! Let us help you refine the energy you’re putting in and maximize the results you will get in return.
It’s about all of the everyday moments when you need support that you can’t get from your doctor.
It’s about comprehensive guidance for managing T1D alongside your child’s lifestyle and your family’s ever-changing routine.
And it’s a space where you will have YOUR experiences and hard work validated, too.
At the root, health coaching helps you get “unstuck” by helping you develop the tools and strategies to become aware of your blocks and patterns so that you can move forward towards the vision you have for yourself.
Risely’s coaching methodology is rooted in behavior change, published research, and our own internal client data collection. We focus on putting you in the driver’s seat and working alongside you to identify the gaps in your knowledge, give you the accountability and relatability you need, and help you with implementation and creating sustainable change.
Yes it’s about helping you improve your blood sugars, but it’s also about helping you discover who you can be when diabetes isn’t in the way.
All coaches on our team are Nationally Board Certified Health Coaches (NBHWC), trained and credited through a program that collaborates with the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME).
All coaching calls are on Zoom and we use Slack for communication, coaching, and support in between calls. The exact schedule is sent out to clients who enroll and traditionally our calls take place on Tuesday, or Wednesday. All calls are recorded, so you can replay a session if you were unable to attend or want to look back on a certain topic. We’ve had clients join the Family Program in all different time zones from Australia, Europe, and all across the U.S.
The Family Program includes 8 weekly coaching calls, 2 1:1 calls with a certified coach, and guest coach Dr. Elana Dumont, PsyD. You'll have 24/7 access to Slack communication, and lifetime-access to a resource vault. Together, we'll tackle topics like, independence, healthy communication, How to talk to your child about their diabetes (with guidance from our psychologist), preventing lows/ highs before, during + after activities and strategies to optimize technology.