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Diabetes Education Program

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What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a disorder that affects how the carbohydrates that we eat are metabolized, resulting in blood sugar levels that are higher than normal. It is important that diabetes be diagnosed and treated because elevated blood sugar levels can damage vital organs like the heart, kidneys, eyes, nerves, and blood vessels.

Once you have diabetes, it will not go away; however, you can control it through education and lifestyle changes. The American Diabetes Association recommends that individuals with diabetes maintain good blood glucose control to prevent or lessen the effects of long-term complications. It is up to you to control your diabetes by eating right, exercising, and losing excess body weight. You may also need to take medication prescribed by your physician.

Formal Diabetes Education

Wayne HealthCare Diabetes Education offers a variety of programs to meet the unique, personal needs of each individual with diabetes.  The programs are for individuals with diabetes who want to deepen their understanding of the disease and learn everyday strategies to help them enjoy a healthier lifestyle.  Whether you have had diabetes for some time or are newly diagnosed, our programs offer you and your family the knowledge and skills to live successfully with diabetes.  Every person with diabetes is different, which is why Wayne HealthCare has developed a wide array of educational opportunities.

Wayne HealthCare Diabetes Education programs teach individuals to make informed choices and effective ways to improve their health. Through these programs, individuals with diabetes learn to make the most of day-to-day decisions utilizing the training and information they receive to feel confident in managing diabetes in their own lives.

To enroll in the Wayne HealthCare Diabetes Education Program, your physician must fill out a referral form. Please talk to your family physician about a referral, or if you need assistance, a Wayne HealthCare Certified Diabetes Educator can contact your physician on your behalf to obtain the necessary referral form.

Wayne HealthCare Diabetes Education Program is an American Association of Diabetes Educators Accredited Program.

Diabetic Group Classes

Why group classes?  Group classes are offered in a relaxed and informal atmosphere with discussion and questions.  The classes offer a chance to interact and share experiences, while still offering the ability to work with your educator on an individual basis.  Group classes help individuals with diabetes learn more about: 1) How to manage their diabetes, 2) How to plan meals to improve blood glucose control, 3) Blood glucose monitoring, 4) Starting an exercise program, 5) Making lifestyle changes to improve health, and 6) How to cope with diabetes. 

Classes are held each month.  To meet your schedule, you can attend a morning, afternoon, or evening class.

Individual Session with a Certified Diabetes Educator

You can meet privately with a Certified Diabetes Educator to learn more about using your meter, diabetes, diabetic medications, drawing up and administering insulin, complications, and controlling your disease.

Individual Session with a Registered Dietitian

One of the most popular questions asked by diabetics is, "What can I eat?" A dietitian can show you how, by planning and moderation, you can eat just about anything you’d like. In this program, also known as “medical nutrition therapy,” a dietitian specializing in diabetic meal planning will help you to develop food strategies that best fit your lifestyle.

Free Monthly Diabetes Education Programs

What is the benefit of educational programs?  Studies show that people who are involved in a support group experience greater success than those who do it alone.  Not only will you be encouraged by others, but you will have an opportunity to learn about issues that affect people with diabetes. 

A Certified Diabetes Educator leads the monthly program.   Topics range from self-care and improving blood glucose to healthy eating.

Pre-Diabetes Individual Education and Group Class

Program is provided to lower an individual’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes.  Individuals will learn about risk factors for developing diabetes, and labs for pre-diabetes/diabetes.  Individuals will be taught lifestyle factors to help improve glycemic control which consists of eating healthy and increasing activity.  Program is offered as a group class and individually.

Community Programs

Programs include health fairs, Diabetes Day, Dining with Diabetes, lectures and guest speakers. Please contact the Diabetes Education Program for a list of upcoming events.

Upcoming Diabetes Events

Diabetes Day

April 2014

Dining with Diabetes

March 12, 19 and 26, 2014 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

The program is a cooking school and nutrition education program designed for people with diabetes and their family members or caregivers.

Diabetes Group Classes

January 6, 13, 21 and 27, 2014 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
February 3, 10, 18, and 24, 2014 from 6:00 pm to 8 pm
March 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2014 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am
April 1, 8, 15, and 22, 2014 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
May 6, 12, 19, and 27, 2014 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
June 4, 11, 18 and 25, 2014 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am
July 7, 14, 21,  and 28, 2014 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
August 4, 6, 11, and 13, 2014 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
September 8, 15, 22 and 29, 2014 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
October 1, 8, 15, and 22, 2014 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am
November 3, 10, 17 and 24, 2014 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Pre-Diabetes Classes

January 22, 2014 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am
March 24, 2014 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
May 21, 2014 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am
July 17, 2014 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
September 24, 2014 from 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm
November 13, 2014 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Free Monthly Diabetes Education Programs

Monthly programs followed by Question and Answer Session

January

Topic: A New You: Keeping Healthy New Year’s Resolutions
Wayne HealthCare, January 14, 2014 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Preble County Council on Aging, January 16, 2014 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am

February

Topic: Diabetes Medication
Wayne HealthCare, February 11, 2014 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Preble County Council on Aging, February 20, 2014 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am

March

Topic: Fitness for People Who Hate to Exercise
Wayne HealthCare, March 11, 2014 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Preble County Council on Aging, March 20, 2014 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am

April

Topic: You Caring for You – Head to Toe
Wayne HealthCare, April 8, 2014 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Preble County Council on Aging, April 17, 2014 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am

May

Topic: Hyperglycemia and Hypoglycemia
Wayne HealthCare, May 13, 2014 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Preble County Council on Aging, May 15, 2014 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am

June

Topic: Diabetes 101: Living Healthy with Diabetes
Wayne HealthCare, June 10, 2014 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Preble County Council on Aging, June 19, 2014 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am

July

Topic: Round Table Discussion on Diabetes & Summers Bounty: Tasty Ways with Local Produce
Wayne HealthCare, July 8, 2014 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

August

Topic: Round Table Discussion on Diabetes
Wayne HealthCare, August 12, 2014 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm 

September

Topic: Planning Healthy Meals
Wayne HealthCare, September 9, 2014 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Preble County Council on Aging, September 18, 2014 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am

October

Topic: Understanding Your Numbers: Logs and Labs
Wayne HealthCare, October 14, 2014 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Preble County Council on Aging, October 16, 2014 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am

November

Programs will be provided for National Diabetes Month
November 11, 2014 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

December

Topic: Surviving the Holidays
Wayne HealthCare, December 9, 2014 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Contact

Karen Droesch, RD, LD, CDE
Diabetes Educator/Registered Dietitian
Wayne HealthCare
835 Sweitzer Street
Greenville, OH 45331

Phone: 937.547.5750
Fax: 937.547.5668