February 4th, 2008

The Great River Diabetes Education Program is offering group diabetes classes in February. A four-week afternoon series is scheduled to begin Monday, Feb. 11; a morning series is set to begin Thursday, Feb. 21. A physician referral for diabetes education is required.

Classes are taught by a registered nurse and registered dietitian who are certified diabetes educators. Topics include:
• Understanding blood sugars
• Developing healthy eating and activity habits
• Diabetes medications
• Reducing health risks
• Managing stress

The fee for the class series is covered by most insurance companies. A family member or friend is encouraged to attend at no additional cost.

The Great River Diabetes Education Program is a service of Great River Medical Center. It has been awarded the American Diabetes Association Education Recognition Certificate for a quality diabetes self-management program. Recognition assures that our education programs meet the National Standards for Diabetes Self-management Education programs and are an essential component of effective diabetes treatment. It also is accredited by the Iowa Department of Public Health. Your insurance may require this for coverage.

The Great River Diabetes Education Program is offered through the Center for Rehabilitation. For more information, please call (319) 768-4100.