OUTPATIENT DIABETES EDUCATION*
To address one of the most pressing public health concerns facing Long Island and the nation, Mercy offers an outpatient Diabetes Self-Management Education Program for diabetics and their families.
The eight hour diabetes self-management program (4 sessions, 2 hours each) is being offered monthly for people with diabetes. This program is conducted by a certified diabetes educator who is also a registered dietitian. Day-time and evening hours are available.
The program gives you the skills needed for day-to-day management of diabetes. Simple strategies for meal planning, maximizing wellness and preventing complications are discussed. Those who can benefit include individuals recently diagnosed with diabetes and those who have been living with it for some time, along with those who are confused about what to eat, have difficulty with optimal blood sugar control, have experienced the consequences of poorly controlled diabetes or want to maximize energy and improve emotional well-being.
Classes include self-management techniques on diet, blood glucose monitoring, foot care, medications, exercise, eye care and lifestyle changes. The program is designed to offer the best self-management information, with small group instruction for a unique, personal learning environment.
Mercy's program qualifies for reimbursement from most insurance plans, and is accredited by both the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE). Its curriculum is a recognized educational program of both of these associations and meets the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Programs.
If you or someone you know might benefit from this program, please call 516-705-3623.