The goal of the Richland Hospital Diabetes Education program is to empower individuals and their families with knowledge and skills so they can make informed choices to facilitate self-directed behavior change in dealing with this chronic illness.
Get the information you need to control your disease. Learn self-management skills from the diverse group that makes up the diabetes education team.
They include Certified Diabetes Educators: Ty Mulholland, Registered Dietician (left); Shawn Chitwood, RN, BSN (Right); Your Primary Care Provider; and a Pharmacist.
Here is what you will learn:
In Class 1, you will learn:
-How diabetes effects your metabolism
-How and when to monitor your blood glucose levels
-How to self-manage your diabetes
-Emergency treatment of low sugars
In Class 2, you will learn:
-Develop personal goals for diabetes management
-Learn food substitutes and label reading
-How exercise and weight loss reduces risks
-Coping skills that will help you meet the daily challenges of living with diabetes
In Class 3, you will learn:
- The health risks that come with diabetes
- Prevention techniques to limit the risks
- What to do when you are ill
- When to call your doctor
- Travel Tips
The success of therapy ultimately depends on the individual attaining their own treatment goals, maintaining good health, and ultimately to reduce the risk of complications that may develop.