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Basic Training Begins in May: A new class about type 2 diabetes
April 10, 2014

In response to the high rate of diabetes in the community, Madison County Hospital will launch a new educational series, Basics, for those with type 2 diabetes in May. 


The program is designed for those recently diagnosed with diabetes and those who have little knowledge or understanding of the disease.  Those with prediabetes, those taking diabetes medications, or who are on a diabetic meal plan, will also benefit from the series.


The series consists of four 90-minute classes held over a six-month period.  According to Darren Renz, RD, LD, a dietitian and the instructor of the program, "The goal of the series is to enhance our patients' knowledge, increase skills and offer encouragement and support to promote self-management of their diabetes."


Classes will cover a wide variety of information such as understanding diabetes, diabetes management, goal-setting, treatments, exercise, behavior modification, monitoring glucose, record-keeping and problem-solving skills.


After completing the educational group classes, participants will have the option for up to three hours of one-on-one follow-up meetings with Renz to discuss their personal needs and concerns such as reviewing a diabetic meal plan or difficulties with record-keeping.


"I believe this series will be very beneficial for our participants," said Renz.  "Our Community Health Needs Assessment showed that diabetes was the third most common health condition in 2013 and we determined this was an effective way to address the need."


Those who are interested in attending the series should discuss it with their primary care physician, although no physician referral is required.  There is a fee to attend the program, including both the group classes and the one-on-one meetings.  Medicare and most private insurances cover the fee; however, those with private insurance should check their coverage before registering.  The fee for the group classes is $90. 


For more information on the Basics education program, call Darren Renz at 740-845-7327.


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