November 21st, 2011

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. The sessions are from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursdays beginning Dec. 15. 

Group outpatient diabetes classes are for those who are:

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

 Class topics:

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

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 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.

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.