December 23rd, 2010

You can live well with diabetes if you understand how to care for yourself. The Great River Diabetes Education Program offers four-week group diabetes classes. A choice of morning or afternoon sessions is offered. The morning sessions are from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursdays beginning Jan. 13. The afternoon sessions are from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Mondays beginning Jan. 24. 

A physician referral for diabetes education is required. Great River Medical Center's certified diabetes educators, a registered nurse and a registered dietitian will assess your needs for specific information and skills, teach self-care and provide continuing help. 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.

Group outpatient diabetes classes are for those who are:

  • Having concerns or complications
  • Making a change in treatment
  • Newly diagnosed and learning about diabetes management

 Class topics:

  • Carbohydrate counting
  • Controlling blood pressure, cholesterol and weight
  • Coping with chronic disease
  • Developing healthy habits
  • Exercise
  • Managing blood sugars
  • Medicines
  • Monitoring and understanding blood-sugar readings
  • Proper eating for diabetes
  • Reducing risks for diabetes-related health problems
  • Types of diabetes

The Great River Diabetes Education Program has been awarded the American Diabetes Association Education Recognition Certificate for a high-quality diabetes self-management program. Recognition assures that 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.

The Great River Diabetes Education Program is offered through Great River Center for Rehab and Clinics, 1401 W. Agency Rd., West Burlington. Talk to your physician or other health-care provider about the benefits of diabetes education. For more information or to register, please call the Center for Rehab and Clinics at (319) 768-4100.