Diabetes Education Program
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 our patients. These programs provide information to anyone who has diabetes and are ideally suited for individuals who are newly diagnosed, requesting additional education, or are experiencing difficulty controlling blood sugar levels. Every person with diabetes is different, which is why Wayne HealthCare has developed this 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
Comprehensive group classes are designed for individuals who are recently diagnosed with diabetes, had a change in treatment, or wish to improve their blood sugar control. The classes focus on how nutrition, physical activity, medication, blood sugar monitoring, and problem solving work together to help you achieve your diabetes management goals.
Classes are held each month. To meet your schedule, you can attend a morning, afternoon, or evening class.
One-on-One 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.
One-on-One 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
A Certified Diabetes Educator leads a monthly program on diabetes-related topics. Diabetics are encouraged to attend these educational sessions to improve blood sugar control. Please call for a program schedule.
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 Group Classes
April 8, 15, 22, and 29, 2013 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
May 6, 13, 20, and 28, 2013 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
June 5, 12, 19 and 26, 2013 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am
August 5, 7, 12, and 14, 2013 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
September 9, 16, 23 and 30, 2013 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
October 2, 9, 16, and 23, 2013 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am
November 4, 11, 18 and 25, 2013 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Free Monthly Diabetes Education Programs
Monthly programs followed by Question and Answer Session
Topic: What’s New in Diabetes Supplies and Products
Wayne HealthCare, January 8, 2013 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Preble County Council on Aging, January 17, 2013 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Topic: Eating Healthy on a Budget
Wayne HealthCare, February 12, 2013 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Preble County Council on Aging, February 21, 2013 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Topic: Fiber and Your Diet
Wayne HealthCare, March 12, 2013 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Preble County Council on Aging, March 21, 2013 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Topic: Diabetes and Kidney Disease
Wayne HealthCare, April 9, 2013 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Preble County Council on Aging, April 18, 2013 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Topic: How to Communicate with Your Doctor and the ABC’s
Wayne HealthCare, May 14, 2013 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Preble County Council on Aging, May 16, 2013 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Topic: What to do when you slip in your Diabetes Care
Wayne HealthCare, June 11, 2013 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Preble County Council on Aging, June 20, 2013 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Topic: Question and Answer about Food
Wayne HealthCare, July 9, 2013 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Topic: Round Table Discussion on Diabetes
Wayne HealthCare, August 13, 2013 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Topic: Tips for Eating Out and Eating on the Run
Wayne HealthCare, September 10, 2013 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Preble County Council on Aging, September 19, 2013 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Topic: Diabetes and Your Feet
Wayne HealthCare, October 8, 2013 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Preble County Council on Aging, October 17, 2013 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Programs will be provided for National Diabetes Month
Topic: Managing Control over the Holidays
Wayne HealthCare, December 3, 2013 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Karen Droesch, RD, LD, CDE
Diabetes Educator/Registered Dietitian
835 Sweitzer Street
Greenville, OH 45331