Diabetes Education Class offered March 31 at HCHC

Written by Theresa Rose on March 11, 2015

MT. PLEASANT — Henry County Health Center’s Diabetes Team will be offering a one-day diabetes education class Tuesday, March 31, 2015. This program is open to anyone who has Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes.

The class will be conducted from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on March 31 in the Health Education Center at HCHC. Meals will be served to class participants. Directions will be given when you call HCHC’s Diabetes Education Center at 319-385-6518 to register. Please register by March 27.

Topics include meal planning; exercise; personal goals; eye disease; glucose monitoring; foot, skin and dental care; complications of diabetes; explanation of diabetes; medications; and behavior modifications. There will be time for questions.

The purpose of the program is to provide people who have diabetes and their families the latest information regarding the disease and to help them become aware that diabetes education is a lifelong process.

The HCHC Diabetes Education Center has earned Iowa State Certification. It has also been awarded Recognition from the American Diabetes Association, which assures that it has met the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs. HCHC’s Diabetes Education team offers Certified Diabetes Educators through the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators.

People with diabetes face a shortened life span and also suffer from many preventable diabetes-related complications, such as lower extremity amputations, end-stage renal disease, blindness, long-term reduction in activity, and cardiovascular disease. Many of these diabetes-related complications can be reduced or prevented through treatment and appropriate self-management.

There is a fee for the class; however, many insurance plans will cover the program. For more information, or to sign up, contact the HCHC Diabetes Education Center at 319-385-6518.