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Diabetes Care

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.

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

Appointments

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.

Support Groups

We offer professionally led support groups for Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes, intensive management for diabetes during pregnancy, and other specialty programs. View our Calendar for a schedule of classes.