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Diabetes Education

Diabetes Education

The Diabetes Self-Management Program is primarily committed to providing high quality, comprehensive diabetes education to patients, their families, health care professionals and the community in general.

About WellSpan's Diabetes Education Program

WellSpan Diabetes Education offers four classes to help people with diabetes and their family members better understand the disease. We encourage you to take all four of the classes in order to get a complete overview of diabetes. Classes are taught by diabetes educators.

Registration is necessary.

Your insurance company or health plan will be billed. Reimbursement varies with each company. You are encouraged to check with your plan about coverage. If you need a referral be sure to get one before the first class. You will receive a bill for any uncovered charges.

Class Series Content

Initially, each individual meets with a diabetes nurse educator to assess current knowledge related to diabetes as well as skills. After this appointment, you will enroll in a class series consisting of four classes.

Class 1: Diabetes Facts, Medications and Monitoring

Discusses the types of diabetes, symptoms of high and low blood sugars and diabetes medications (pills and insulin). Content includes how food, exercise, medications and stress affect blood sugar. Also explains the normal range for blood sugars and laboratory tests.

Class 2: Nutrition and Meal Planning, Carbohydrate Counting, Exchange System and Label Reading

Focuses on reasonable weight; good nutrition; how carbohydrates, fats and proteins are used; food groups; portion sizes and making a sample menu.

Class 3: Strategies for Using Fat, Fiber, Alcohol, Restaurant Eating and Exercise

Practical ways to manage everyday challenges related to fat, fiber, alcohol and restaurant eating. Also, how to incorporate safe exercise into your diabetes management plan.

Class 4: Coping with Diabetes, Complications, Sick Day Information, Travel Tips and Resources

Content includes how stress and emotions affect blood sugars and coping skills.  Will also discuss diabetes complications and how to prevent them.  Also, effects of illness on blood sugar and what to do to care for self when sick. Travel tips & resources are discussed.

After completing the class series, you will meet individually with a dietitian who will assist you in developing your individual meal plan and health goals.

For your convenience, diabetes education class series are offered mornings, afternoons and evenings. After your initial appointment with a diabetes educator, you will choose which class times best suits your schedule.

MyWellSpan also offers secure messaging for non-urgent questions.

Diabetes Support Groups

York Diabetes Support Group
Meets 2nd Thursday of the month: 7 - 8 p.m.
298 St. Charles Way, York
Cost: No Charge

For more information, call (717) 851-5341 or Roberta Kepner, R.N., at (717) 851-5096.

Spanish Diabetes Support Group
This group meets the third Tuesday of every other month starting in February at the York Spanish American Center. For more information, call Lourdes Gonzalez at 846-9434.   

Diabetes Support Group Events

ADA logo"This diabetes self-management education program has been awarded Recognition by the American Diabetes Association in accordance with the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs."

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