Diabetes Education Program 508 East Broad StreetElyria, Ohio 44035440.284.5709.
A diagnosis of diabetes can be overwhelming for most people. There are so many questions and concerns that may be on your mind. The EMH Diabetes Education Program is here to help. We offer one-on-one sessions with certified diabetes educators (CDE), as well as group classes and a monthly support group.
The EMH Diabetes Education Program is recognized by the American Diabetes Association in accordance with the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs. Before starting the program, patients need to obtain a referral from their physician and contact their insurance provider to verify coverage. Diabetes education is covered under many insurance plans.
During the initial hour-long meeting, a certified diabetes educator will work with you to develop an education plan to meet your exact needs. You will discuss your eating habits, work schedule, food likes and dislikes, medications you are taking, and activity level. If you are not already testing your blood sugar, the EMH Diabetes Program will help you start self-blood glucose monitoring using a glucose meter. We also work with women who have gestational diabetes or diabetes in pregnancy.
As part of the program, a follow-up visit is encouraged. You are asked to keep a daily diet and exercise log, along with a record of your blood sugar levels. This information is reviewed with you by the certified diabetes educator during the follow-up visit to help you better understand how your diet and exercise affects your blood sugar levels. "Once patients see the correlation between food, blood sugar, and exercise, they become empowered to control it," said Kim Horvath, MEd, RD, LD, CDE, coordinator of the diabetes education program at EMH.
Diabetes Classes and Support Groups
Patients are encouraged to attend the three additional diabetes classes offered every month. These sessions provide more in-depth information and give patients another opportunity to learn about their disease while interacting with others who are going through the same thing. There is a fee for these classes. Contact your insurance company to ask about coverage. Patients attending group classes receive follow-up sessions for the year.
For more information about the EMH Diabetes Education Program, classes and support group, please call 440.284.5709.