DIABETIC SELF-MANAGEMENT EDUCATION PROGRAM
Ann Crews has been with the Neighborhood Health Clinic since 1999 and has been the Nursing Coordinator since 2001. She oversees the Diabetic Self-Management Education Program.
“This program offers our patients information about their disease allowing them the opportunity to take control of it”.
Debbie Dudley has volunteered at the Neighborhood Health Clinic as a Certified Diabetic Educator for three years. She has over 17 years experience of teaching to diabetic patients. She has operated her own company on diabetic education for eleven years.
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 239.260.6600 for more details.
This class is FREE of charge 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
Below is the remaining 2011 schedule for the Diabetic Self-Management Education Program:
Mondays 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm / English
- September 12
- October 3
- November 7
- December 5
Saturdays 9:00 am – 11:00 am / Spanish
- August 20
- September 17
- October 29
- November 26
Registration is Required!
Patients share their experience:
“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.”
“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.”
“This class is very informative!”
Click here to see photos of the Diabetic Self Management Class
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.