Diabetes mellitus is a serious medical problem affecting millions of people in the United States alone. Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin, a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life. The cause of diabetes is a mystery, although both genetics and environmental factors such as obesity and lack of exercise appear to play roles.
There is no cure for diabetes, but it can be controlled through lifestyle changes and medication. Regulating blood glucose levels is the key element in managing diabetes, and research has shown that tight control of blood glucose will help prevent or delay the long-term complications of the disease.
About Columbus Regional’s Diabetes Education Program
Columbus Regional Healthcare System provides a comprehensive diabetes education program recognized by the American Diabetes Association. The program is aimed at guiding people with diabetes toward a healthier lifestyle. It provides a solid foundation for the various aspects of diabetes management.
The curriculum for the Diabetes Education Program include:
- Diabetes Disease Process and Treatment Options
- Nutritional Management into Lifestyle
- Physical Activity into Lifestyle
- Monitoring Blood Glucose
- Preventing, Detecting and Treating Acute Complications
- Preventing, Detecting and Treating Chronic Complications
- Psychosocial Issues and Concerns
- Promote Health and Behavior Changes
Participants are invited to bring a family member or significant other to the program. Lunch and snacks will be provided and class members will be given a take-home manual that covers all topics in the program.
The program staff is multidisciplinary, including a certified diabetes educator nurse, a certified diabetes educator dietitian, podiatrists, exercise physiologists and pharmacists. For further information about the CRHS Diabetes Education Program call 910-641-8208 or 910-642-9454.
Free Diabetes Support Group
Columbus Regional Healthcare System also provides a FREE Diabetes Support Group to the community. The group meets the second Thursday of every month at 6pm in Classroom 2 of the Education Center. Come join the group and have FUN while learning. Sometimes we play Diabetes Bingo and learn about carbohydrate serving sizes and sometimes we have a special guest speaker. Remember, support from family and friends helps you cope with your diabetes.
For more information, please contact us at (910) 641-8208 or (910) 642-9454.
Diabetes Education Team
The program is directed by certified diabetes educator, Sonja Green RN, BSN. Other members of the team include: Pharmacist, Brian Jenkins, Pharm D; Dieticians, Anna Gore, MS, RD, LDN and Chelsea Smart, LDN and Exercise Physiologist, Garrett Tolley, EP,BS,M.Ed.
For more information, call 910-641-8208.