Diabetes Self-management Education Program
The Unity Health Diabetes Self-management Education Center is dedicated to educating and improving the care of people living with diabetes. The program consists of 10 hours of classroom and individualized training with Certified Diabetes Educator Julie Smith, along with additional instructors that include registered nurses and registered dietitians who are trained in caring for people with diabetes.
One hour of individualized assessment must be completed before attending the comprehensive classes.
Classes are taught in three three-hour segments with topics that include:
- How glucose and insulin work in the body
- Exercise and diabetes
- Avoiding hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia
- Medical conditions and complications related to diabetes
- Nutrition: healthy choices and counting carbohydrates
- Monitoring blood sugars and regulating blood glucose
- Oral medications and insulin
- Managing stress and using coping techniques
- Sick day management
- Meal planning
Classes meet the second, third and fourth Tuesdays of each month from 1 to 4 p.m.
If you are interested in attending these classes, please call the Diabetes Education Program Center at (501) 380-3455. The cost for the comprehensive class is covered through Medicare and most private insurance companies. These classes are approved by the American Diabetes Association as meeting the national standards for diabetes self-management education.
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