Great River Health System offers diabetes education classes in February

WEST BURLINGTON ? Great River Health System Diabetes Education offers four-week group diabetes classes every month. The next morning series will begin Feb. 1, and will be held every Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon. Afternoon classes begin Feb. 22 every Monday from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Group diabetes classes are for people newly diagnosed, making a change in treatment, or having complications or concerns. A physician referral for diabetes education is required.

Class topics include proper eating for diabetes, managing blood sugars, medicines, diabetes-related health problems and exercise.

Diabetes educators will assess needs for specific information and skills, teach self-care and provide continuing help. Most insurance companies cover the fee for the class series. A family member or friend is encouraged to attend at no additional cost.

The American Diabetes Association has awarded Great River Health System-Diabetes Education with its Education Recognition Certificate for providing a high-quality diabetes self-management program. Recognition assures that education programs meet the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education and are an essential component of effective diabetes treatment. The Iowa Department of Public Health also has accredited the program.

For more information or to register, please call 319-768-4165.