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Diabetes Education

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Take Control of Diabetes with Education
Diabetes is a disease in which your body cannot properly use food for energy. If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, The Medical Center’s Diabetes Education* and Management Program can help you manage this disease.

Other individuals who can benefit from our program include:

  • Patients who have been living with diabetes and have poorly controlled blood sugars
  • Patients with insulin resistance, or
  • Patients who are considered pre-diabetic

Be an active participant in managing your diabetes and join us to learn how you can take control of your health.

Living Healthy: An Educated Choice
Diabetes that is poorly controlled can lead to serious complications. Through simple lifestyle changes now, we can help you learn how to prevent complications in the future by making healthier food choices and increasing your activity.

Our Diabetes Education* and Management Program will give you training provided by registered nurses and registered dietitians who have specialized training in teaching diabetes education. Most are also certified diabetes educators.

What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You
In our program, you’ll learn the answers to some common questions:

  • What and how much do I eat?
  • What do my blood sugar numbers mean?
  • How should I be taking my diabetes medications?
  • How do I prevent diabetes-related problems?

Diabetes Services

  • Group Diabetes Education* and Management Program
  • Individualized instruction for persons with barriers to group instruction or as physician ordered. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, please advise the Diabetes Education Department if you have any disability that requires special materials and/or services so that appropriate personnel may be advised.
  • Diabetes Support Group meets the second Thursday of each month at 6:00 p.m. in the education classrooms.

More than ever before, people with diabetes, pre-diabetes and insulin resistance are able to live a healthy life. Don’t underestimate the power of diabetes education. To learn more, call 409.853.5376.

Registration is Easy

  • Step 1
    Call our Diabetes Education Department to obtain additional information and the upcoming class schedule.
     
  • Step 2
    Pick the course dates that work best for you. Our Monday-Thursday schedule meets the minimum requirements outlined by the American Diabetes Association to be a Recognized Program.
     
  • Step 3
    Sign in at the Registration Desk. Before your scheduled class, you must be registered as an outpatient and have an individualized one-on-one assessment with a diabetes educator to determine your educational needs.

2014 Schedule
Physician order required for all Diabetes Education Services.  If you have any questions, please call (409) 853-5376.

Morning Classes
Three 4-hour sessions meeting Monday-Wednesday from 8:30am-12:30 pm.

  • June 22-25, August 24-27, October 26-29

Evening Classes
Four 3-hour sessions meeting Monday through Thursday from 5:30pm to 8:30pm.

  • May 18-21, July 20-23, September 21-24, November 16-19

Suport Group Meetings
Support Group is open to the public and is free of charge and meet on the second Thursday of every month from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Program topics varie from month to month.
       •  January 8
       •  February 12
       •  March 12
       •  April 9
       •  May 14
       •  June 11
       •  July 9
       •  August 13
       •  September 10
       •  October 8
       •  November 12
       •  December 10