August 27th, 2014

The Great River Diabetes Education Program offers four-week group diabetes classes. The next morning series, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursdays, will begin Aug. 28. Afternoon classes will be from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Mondays beginning Sept. 22.

Group outpatient diabetes classes are for people who are newly diagnosed, making a change in treatment, or having complications or concerns. A physician referral for diabetes education is required.

Class topics include:

  • Types of diabetes
  • 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

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.

For more information or to register, please call 319-768-4100.