January 21st, 2013

People can lead full, active and successful lives while living with diabetes. Get the information and support you need during the early weeks and months after your diagnosis, to help you learn how to cope with health issues related to your diabetes.

The Great River Diabetes Education Program offers four-week group diabetes classes. The sessions are from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Mondays beginning Feb. 11. Morning classes are available from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursdays beginning Feb. 28. 

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. 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-manage-ment 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 Road, 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 319-768-4100.