Diabetes Education - Health Matters
Whether you’ve recently been diagnosed with diabetes or whether you’ve been living with it for years, our Diabetes Education Program helps you learn about and manage your condition.
Our program is nationally recognized by the American Diabetes Association. And our staff of registered nurses, dietitians, and resource educators has special training in diabetes treatment and management. Their knowledge means more knowledge for you.
These are a few of our services:
Diabetes Self-Management Training and Education
Designed for people with both Type 1 and Type 2, this program can help those who have had diabetes for some time, as well as those who have just been diagnosed. Subjects covered include nutrition, exercise, blood glucose monitoring, medications, avoiding health complications, and ways to live a full and healthy life. A monthly support group is offered, and family and friends are welcome to attend any classes.
Most people who develop Type 2 diabetes have what is called “pre-diabetes.” These classes show how you can delay or prevent the onset of Type 2.
Intensive Insulin Management Class
If insulin is the primary medication in your diabetes management, this series helps you create individualized tools to optimize control of your diabetes. Topics covered by our certified diabetes educators include insulin to carbohydrate rations, carbohydrate identification, and insulin correction/sensitivity, among others.
Two Hour Refresher Course
Learn more about the barriers to diabetes care and how to address obstacles in your own diabetes control. The importance of controlling your own diabetes is stressed and the concept of goal setting is explored in detail. With this information, you can address the area where you need to focus and maintain a good quality of life.
Gestational Diabetes Class
This special class for expectant mothers helps them create a personalized meal plan and a glucose management plan. Classes are held once or twice weekly at Health Matters of St. Francis.
Nutritional Counseling and Weight Loss Classes
How nutrition can impact a range of diseases and conditions is taught by a Registered Dietitian. An eight-week long weight loss class is also offered to help you achieve healthier eating habits and gradual weight loss.
Many of our classes require a referral from a physician. If you have any questions, please contact the center. Access the Physician Referral Form here.
The Diabetes Program of St. Francis is located at Health Matters of St. Francis, in the Rosemont Health Center.
3740 Woodruff Rd.
Columbus, GA 31904
8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Thursday
8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Friday
Call (706) 257-7715 (option 2)
Fax: (706) 257-7716
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