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Diabetes Self-Management Education Program
The Diabetes Self-Management Education Program is an outpatient service that provides education and support on how to manage and prevent complications of diabetes for individuals with Type 1, Type 2, and Gestational Diabetes. The program also provides self-management training for those who have been diagnosed with Pre-Diabetes or have one or more risk factors for the development of Diabetes.
A Certified Diabetes Educator offers expertise on lifestyle behaviors for improved diabetes management. You will learn new approaches and receive information about upcoming diabetes programs! Our program is recognized by the American Diabetes Association as meeting national standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education.
Initial training is divided into individual or group classes for up to a total of ten hours of diabetes assessment, education, and follow-up. Classes are designed for those newly diagnosed with diabetes and those needing an update on diabetes self-management.
Topics we will cover include:
- blood glucose monitoring
- exercise guidelines for diabetes
- meal planning to promote healthy blood glucose control and weight management
- blood glucose control to help prevent complications
- understanding diabetes medications and insulin
Patients are seen Monday–Friday from 8:00am to 4:30pm. A doctor referral is needed. Medicare, Medicaid, and most insurance plans in Virginia will cover some or all of the cost for diabetes and nutrition education services. Augusta Health financial assistance and Augusta Free Clinic patients are welcome.
Scheduling an appointment
Please call to schedule or re-schedule an appointment: (540) 941-2537 or (540) 213-2537
What to Bring
Be sure to bring your insurance card, blood glucose meter if you have one, your blood glucose log book, and a list of your diabetes medications.
Diabetes Prevention Class
This one-session program, taught by a Diabetes Health Educator, is designed for individuals who have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes. During this session, the participants will identify their risk factors and learn how to make lifestyle changes to help delay or prevent the development of type 2 diabetes.