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Learn how to self-manage your diabetes

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Diabetes classes

According to the American Diabetes Association, nearly half of all American adults have diabetes or prediabetes. While diabetes is a chronic and progressive condition, you can take charge of your health today to avoid future complications.

The In Charge and In Control diabetes class series covers all aspects of diabetes care and is recognized by the American Diabetes Association. The series meets the national standards for diabetes self-management education. We encourage you to take all the classes to build a strong foundation for your diabetes care. Many of our classes are led by Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialists to provide you the most up-to-date information available. 

By becoming a self-manager of your diabetes, you can learn ways to control your blood sugar by understanding the impact of your food choices, level of physical activity, medication use, stress reduction and more. 

  • Preventing Diabetes Living Healthy

    Topics include the importance of nutrition, physical activity, and weight management for a healthy lifestyle. This class is ideal for anyone who may be overweight and/or have a family history of diabetes.

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  • Diabetes: Getting Started

    Getting started is a first-time or refresher diabetes education class. Topics include understanding diabetes, diabetes self-management tools and targets for better control.

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  • Diabetes: Moving Forward – Medications and Risks

    Learn how medications act to help control your diabetes and how you can prevent diabetes complications by keeping your diabetes in control.

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  • Diabetes: Nutrition part 1 (Basic Nutrition)

    Nutrition Part 1 reviews how food choices affect blood sugar. Topics include carbohydrate counting, meal planning, label reading, heart healthy eating tips and more.

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  • Diabetes: Nutrition part 2 (Advanced Nutrition)

    Nutrition Part 2 expands on information presented in Nutrition Part 1 including carbohydrate counting practice, meal planning and more.

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  • Diabetes: Tips and Tools

    Tips and Tools addresses blood sugar monitoring techniques, how daily choices can impact blood sugar, when to test, and more.

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  • Diabetes: Staying on Track

    Staying on Track offers support, an open discussion of all topics, a review of self-care strategies and current diabetes care updates.

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  • Registered Nurse (RN) Individual Diabetes Education

    RN Individual Diabetes Education is a personalized appointment with an RN/Diabetes Care and Education Specialist. This program offers care tailored to your needs and support for your overall healthy and emotional well-being. Services include technology resources, self-monitoring strategies, medication management (including pills or insulin) and other diabetes topics.

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