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The importance of diabetes education

When someone is diagnosed with diabetes, it can be overwhelming. There is a lot of information that will be shared by the patient’s doctor and, many times, it can be difficult for the patient to take everything in at the beginning of their diagnosis.

That’s where our diabetes education program can help.

Diabetes self-management education classes act as a coach to share effective strategies that will help manage diabetes. Research has shown that these classes help save healthcare dollars over the years.

In our comprehensive two-day program, we go over nine different content areas including:

  • Diabetes disease process
  • Healthy eating
  • Being active
  • Monitoring blood glucose and interpreting results
  • Medications
  • Problem-solving
  • Healthy coping, stress and depression
  • Reducing risks
  • Illness management
  • Goal setting

Our program for Type 2 diabetes is offered 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday and Thursday at Ascension Medical Group on Murdock. We also offer a one-day course once a month for patients age 13 and older who have Type 1 diabetes.

The first step to understanding the disease is to register for our program. To register, you will need a referral from your family physician. Once that has been obtained, please call 316-274-8989 to reserve class dates. 

Nearly all insurances pay for classes like these that are accredited by the American Diabetes Association. Depending on your benefit plan, there may be an individual co-pay involved.

Our goal is to help change old habits to new healthier habits and to help improve diabetes control.

Diabetes education, management and support groups are available in Wichita, Manhattan and Pittsburg. Call for more information:

  • Wichita: 316-689-9989 
  • Manhattan: 785-587-5481
  • Pittsburg: 620-235-7812
About Stephanie Brown RN CDE CMSRN

I am an RN, certified diabetes educator and the Diabetes Education Program Coordinator for Ascension Medical Group on Murdock. I have been with Via Christi since 2004. I am married to a wonderful husband and we have two young children, both girls. I love spending time with family and friends. I also love a good shade of lipstick and shoe shopping!