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Diabetes Self-Management Education Program

Diabetes is a common condition that needs careful monitoring and management. Daughters of Charity Services of Arkansas provides people who have diabetes or prediabetes an opportunity to learn self-management skills.

Our diabetes self-management program offers individualized assessments and nutrition planning with a registered dietitian. Our program also includes:

  • One-on-one education
  • Classroom education
  • Cooking classes

Classes are conducted at St. Elizabeth Health Center and DePaul Health Center by a local registered dietician and registered nurse. Each class meets four times for two hours each, typically over the course of four weeks. Topics covered include:

  • Diabetes definitions
  • Physical activity
  • Healthy eating
  • Blood sugar monitoring
  • Avoiding and treating complications, including foot care
  • Diabetes medications

At the end of each session, class members set a diabetes management goal. Each time we are together, we check to see if members are meeting their goals. We also follow up three months after classes are completed.

Other highlights of our classes include door prizes, such as diabetes socks, portion plates that show the correct amounts of food to eat at each meal, and cookbooks. In addition, we serve a diabetes-friendly meal at every class, and we provide recipes for all the dishes so that class members can make the foods at home.

Diabetes self-management classes are held regularly in Dumas, McGehee, and Lake Village. We also travel to other towns to offer classes, including Dewitt, Star City, Dermott and Monticello. Classes are funded by a number of grants from the Frueauff Foundation, Daughters of Charity Foundation, and Arkansas Community Foundation. This funding allows us to offer our classes free of charge to people throughout southeast Arkansas.

The skills taught in our diabetes self-management classes give people power and hope that they can live a healthy life and avoid or delay long-term health complications due to diabetes. Anyone who wants to learn more about managing diabetes is welcome to attend. If you have any questions about enrolling in one of our classes in your community, contact (870) 382-3080.

Our diabetes self-management education program is approved by the American Association of Diabetes Educators.

  • American Association of Diabetes Educators
  • Diabetes Education Accreditation Program
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