November 24th, 2009

The Great River Diabetes Education Program offers a four-week diabetes class for people who are newly diagnosed and those who have been living with diabetes for years. The next two class series are scheduled to begin on these dates: 2:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30, and 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23. A physician referral is required. Classes can begin after an initial assessment.

Classes are taught by a registered nurse and registered dietitian who are certified diabetes educators. Topics include:

  • Developing healthy eating and activity habits
  • Diabetes medications
  • Managing stress
  • Reducing health risks
  • Understanding blood sugars

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 education programs meet the National Standards for Diabetes Self-management Education and are an essential component of effective diabetes treatment. The hospital's program also is accredited by the Iowa Department of Public Health.

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