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Great River Health Systems offers diabetes classes this October

Sep 14, 2017

West Burlington — Great River Diabetes Education Program offers four-week group diabetes classes every month. The next afternoon series will be from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Mondays beginning Oct. 2. Morning classes are from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursdays beginning Oct. 19.

Group diabetes classes are for people newly diagnosed, making a change in treatment or having complications or concerns. A physician referral for diabetes education is required.

Class topics include: Proper eating for diabetes, managing blood sugars, medicines, diabetes-related health problems and exercise.

Diabetes educators will assess needs for specific information and skills, teach self-care and provide continuing help. Most insurance companies cover the fee for the class series. A family member or friend is encouraged to attend at no additional cost.

The American Diabetes Association has awarded the Great River Diabetes Education Program with its Education Recognition Certificate for providing a high-quality diabetes self-management program. Recognition assures that education programs meet the National Standards for Diabetes Self-management Education and are an essential component of effective diabetes treatment. The Iowa Department of Public Health also has accredited the program.

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