DIABETIC SELF-MANAGEMENT EDUCATION PROGRAM
“This program offers our patients information about their disease allowing them the opportunity to take control of it”, states Ann Crews, Program Director. The Neighborhood Health Clinic offers a Diabetic Self-Management Education Program for all diabetic patients. The classes are offered in English and in Spanish. Please contact the Neighborhood Health Clinic at 239.261.6600 for more details.
This class is FREE of charge to Neighborhood Health Clinic patients and mandatory for all diabetic patients.
The class focuses on:
- Understanding what diabetes is
- Understanding treatments
- Learning appropriate nutritional management and the importance of a healthy diet
- Learning how exercise affects diabetes
- Learning about the role of medications and insulin to treat diabetes
- Learning how to monitor blood sugar and use the results to improve control
- How to prevent, detect and treat short and long term complications
Diabetic Self-Management Education Program is offered monthly. Please call the office at 239.261.6600 for details.
Registration is Required!
Diabetic Self Management Class Team:
Certified Diabetic Educator
Tips for Diabetes Self-Management:
- Keep Moving – Exercise helps maintain acceptable blood sugar level.
- Knowledge is Power – Learn all you can about your disease. The more you know about it, the better you can manage it.
- Follow Your Program – Prevention is easier to manage than complications
Volunteers select, interview, and enroll the appropriate patients. They enter data on the participant’s progress, call to confirm attendance, and work with the two program coordinators. They ensure the program provides the maximum benefit to our patients.
Please click here if you have the desire to make a tremendous positive impact on the health of our working, uninsured patients and apply to become a volunteer.
The Diabetic Self-Management Education Program is funded through grants and donations.
Please click here if you wish make a donation to the Neighborhood Health Clinic.
A Diabetic Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is a day reserved for gathering with friends and family, slaving away in a hot kitchen, and throwing diets out the window in favor of gluttony. However, even if most/many of us associate November with turkeys and pumpkin pies, don’t forget that is also American Diabetes month. For 8.3% of the American population, ignoring their diet and failing to monitor glucose levels can lead to very serious complications. To help our diabetic patients control their diabetes and its health risks, the Clinic offers a free monthly Diabetic Self-Management class. The class gives the knowledge and tools that our patients need in order to manage their diabetes and lead happier and healthier lives.
Part of living a happier healthy life is being able to enjoy meals with friends and family, including Thanksgiving.… Read more…
Diabetic Awareness Month – by Shirliann Kaskie
Adults with diabetes have heart disease death rates about 2 to 4 times higher than adults without diabetes. The risk for stroke is also 2 to 4 times higher for them. Blindness, kidney disease, high blood pressure, neuropathy, and amputation are among the medial complications resulting from the disease. Continued treatment of the disease is a matter of life or death.
“Having diabetes affects everything about me and my personality was not really consistent. With help from the Clinic I have my diabetes under control. That has really helped me at work,” states Michael, a diabetic patient at the Neighborhood Health Clinic.
Learning how to live with the disease is vital to surviving it. Out-of-control… Read more…
“I had so many questions after I was diagnosed with diabetes. This class is very helpful. I have a better understanding of the effect food has on my disease.”
Randall – Participant
“I love this class. This is the 3rd session I have attended and I am learning so much about controlling my sugar levels. I learn something new each class.”
Setara – Participant