Diabetes Education at No Extra CostDiabetes management begins with taking steps to empower yourself. At St. Mary Medical Center, our healthcare professionals provide you with the tools you need to live a healthy lifestyle through a personal diabetes self-management plan. We offer both outpatient and inpatient education to help patients manage diabetes. Ongoing education and support for you and your family are provided through the following programs:
- Bedside programs for hospitalized patients: Patients are taught how to check blood-glucose levels, administer insulin or other medications and adjust eating habits.
- Outpatient Programs: In our free, three-day classes, you will learn how the disease works, how you were diagnosed, and how to manage the disease based on the plan of care designed by you and your team of healthcare professionals. Education focuses on medication, exercise, stress management, glucose monitoring, healthy eating, problem solving, and risk reduction.
- Gestational Diabetes: In these individual sessions, a registered nurse and registered dietitian review your diabetes diagnosis and treatment, meal planning, blood glucose monitoring, exercise, stress management and medication therapy.
- Nutritional Counseling: A registered dietitian can help you develop a personalized meal plan on an individual or group basis to help you achieve goals for weight loss, blood-glucose levels and a healthier lifestyle.
- Community Education Programs and Screenings: We conduct additional diabetes programs for the community, such as Health Fair education, outreach to schools and diabetes awareness campaigns.
Register for our diabetes class or learn more by calling a certified diabetes educator at 219-947-6234. Or view our current schedule of free diabetes classes.