Diabetes Education Center

Taking control of diabetes is not easy, but thanks to our Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) program, you can learn tools for taking medications, making healthy food choices, being active, monitoring, solving problems and making healthy decisions, reducing risks, and healthy coping. In addition, you’ll learn to recognize your own blood glucose patterns, leading to understanding how food, taking medications, being active, and stress affects your blood glucose.

Diabetes Education Tailored to Your Needs

When it comes to managing diabetes, no two people are alike. Our diabetes educators work with you individually to learn what you need to manage your diabetes. We offer the following series of programs:

The Diabetes Weigh

The Diabetes Way is an interactive and energizing diabetes self-management education program designed to give you the skills you need to manage your Type 2 diabetes and decrease complications. Before each class, an experienced Certified Diabetes Educator will work closely with you individually to design a diabetes care plan specifically for your needs. In this five-part group class, you will learn how food, medication, and exercise affect your blood glucose. You will learn the best combinations of foods - “The DASH Diet” - to improve your diabetes care, increase energy levels and lose weight (if needed). Our strategies have been shown to reduce complications. The Diabetes Weigh is based on ADA Clinical Practice Recommendations. You will learn comprehensive diabetes care including goal setting, foot care, sick day rules, proper treatment of hypoglycemia, and all about your medications.

Pregnancy and Diabetes

We specialize in helping woman self-manage their diabetes when planning and during pregnancy. Whether you have been diagnosed recently with gestational diabetes or had diabetes prior to pregnancy, we can help improve your blood glucose for you and your baby.

Teenagers with Type 1-Transitions

Becoming an adult with Type 1 diabetes includes the many life changes commonly experienced by teenagers: leaving home, going to college, starting a new job. But for those with Type 1 diabetes, it also includes going to a new doctor. Join other young adults and our nurse educators to learn what to expect at your first and future visits. And hear from one of our adult diabetes doctors.

Intro to Pumping

The insulin pump is an intensive method of insulin administration for people on multi-dose insulin and who are motivated to move forward. Join us for a discussion on the pros and cons of insulin pump therapy (IPT). We’ll cover basic information and have a hands-on session with the most commonly used pumps on the market today.

Continuous Glucose Monitoring

Continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) is a small sensor that measures glucose levels just underneath the skin. It is a valuable tool in addition to blood glucose monitoring, because it can help predict highs or lows as well as alarm when your blood glucose is out of range. We’ll cover basic information and have a hands-on session with the most commonly used pumps and CGM devices on the market today.

Advanced Pumping

In this group class, you will learn to make the most of your pump. You will learn about temporary, dual wave, square wave, combo blousing, infusion sets, and CGM. This class is designed for solving problems – your problems.

Medical Nutrition Therapy

Medical nutrition therapy is an essential component of good health care. Many medical conditions are improved with healthy eating. A registered dietitian/nutritionist will design a meal plan for you based on your health goals, food preferences, and lifestyle. Good nutrition can help reduce the risk of complications, and in some cases reduce your need for medications.

Call 856.321.0012 to learn the skills you need to manage your diabetes. To sign up for classes, visit events.cooperhealth.org.