Diabetes Group Education Program
29.1 million Americans have diabetes. Diabetes increases an individuals risk of developing serious health conditions such as heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney failure and loss of feet and toes.
Diabetes is a very complex condition and it can be challenging and overwhelming for individuals to manage.
The American Diabetes Association, American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and American College of Endocrinology recommend that all individuals with diabetes complete a diabetes education program.
The Diabetes Group Education Program at the Family Medicine Center is accredited by the American Association of Diabetes Educators.
The Diabetes Group Education Program (DGEP) is a group class that is offered at the Family Medicine Center on the first Wednesday afternoon of each month. There is NO COST for the DGEP if you are a patient of the Family Medicine Center. Enrollment is part of the comprehensive care that you receive from the team at the Family Medicine Center.
The DGEP is an interactive group class with 8-15 participants. The DGEP will be lead by a team that includes a nurse educator, pharmacist, behavioral specialists and physicians. Participants are encouraged to bring their questions, medications and blood-sugar meters to the sessions.
The complete curriculum of the DGEP is split between four 90-minute sessions. The entire series of sessions is repeated 3 times each year.
Session topics include:
- Intro to Diabetes and Monitoring
- Healthy Eating
- Medication and Risk Reduction
- Physical Activity and Coping
Each session will also include discussions related to problem solving and a food demonstration.