Diabetes Education Classes
Our Diabetes Education program in Lancaster County is designed for people who want to learn more about their diabetes, practical suggestions for living with diabetes, and how to keep themselves well. We focus on what is important to you and encourage questions and individual goals. We offer multiple diabetes education options to fit your health needs and schedule.
Taking Charge of Your Diabetes
This class series is a 10-hour program recognized by the American Diabetes Association. It explains the essential information necessary to be in control of type 2 diabetes. The program includes the following:
- One private session with a registered nurse and registered dietitian to identify and address your specific goals
- Five two-hour interactive group sessions including presentations, demonstrations and discussion with a registered nurse and registered dietitian
- Follow-up at three and six months to reinforce your diabetes care plan
- An opportunity to meet people who share many of your concerns about diabetes
- Self-management coaching and empowerment for successful healthy outcomes
Taking Charge of Your Diabetes Review Class
This class is available for those individuals who have already completed the 10-hour diabetes class. Meal planning, carb counting, recipe modification, treatment options, dealing with unexpected situations and goal setting are all topics to refresh and remind participants of the skills needed to control diabetes.
Diabetes Intensive Management Class
This class is a 10-hour program designed for individuals with type 1 diabetes and individuals with type 2 diabetes taking multiple insulin doses. The class focuses on learning advanced carb counting skills, insulin management, insulin pump management and more. The program is provided by a registered nurse and registered dietitian.
Pre-Diabetes & Diabetes Prevention Program
This is a four-hour program that focuses on healthy eating, portion control, physical activity and other lifestyle behaviors. This program will help individuals who are at risk of developing diabetes or those individuals who are considered to have pre-diabetes. The program is taught by a registered nurse and registered dietitian.
Gestational Diabetes Program
This class includes individualized consultations for expectant mothers with gestational diabetes. Appointments are held with a registered nurse and registered dietitian to provide essential information for a healthy pregnancy, including:
- What is gestational diabetes?
- What to expect during the pregnancy
- Healthy eating and being active
- Measurement of blood glucose
- Prevention of diabetes post-delivery
Continuous Glucose Monitoring
Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) is an excellent tool to use with patients who have diabetes and unstable blood sugar control. The CGM constantly monitors blood sugar levels over a three-day period, providing downloadable reports with important information on blood sugar patterns. These reports are provided to the ordering physician to assist in clinical decisions concerning diabetes management. The CGM can also be used in the management of gestational diabetes.
Diabetes Support Groups
Support groups are held on a regular basis for people with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. The support group topics are provided throughout the year with various health professionals presenting.
Private consultations are available for persons with diabetes and their families. A registered nurse or registered dietitian will discuss appropriate diabetes self-management. Topics that may be discussed include nutrition consults, glucometer training and insulin instruction.