Westerly - The Westerly Hospital is offering a five-week course beginning in February to help patients gain practical knowledge and skills to manage diabetes.

The course will be conducted by a team of dieticians, nurses and pharmacists who are all certified diabetes outpatient educators. The hospital's diabetes program recently became accredited by the American Association of Diabetes Educators, ensuring the program meets and maintains high standards of care.

The course will cover the fundamentals of nutritional management, label reading, meal planning options, guidelines for eating out and special occasions, glucose monitoring, medication management, insulin treatment and administration, sick-day care, foot care, exercise, stress management and preventing complications. With a physician's referral, many health insurers cover the cost of these sessions. Participants should check with their insurance provider to be determine whether diabetes self-management education is a covered benefit.

Classes will meet for five consecutive Thursdays beginning Feb. 27 and ending March 27 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the hospital's Henry J. Nardone Conference Center. Class size is limited.

In addition to this course, Westerly Hospital also offers one-on-one instruction with a certified diabetes outpatient educator which is available by appointment by calling (401) 348-3533 or (800) 933-5960, ext. 3533.

The hospital also offers a free monthly diabetes support group which meets the first Wednesday of every month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Nardone Conference Center. Psychologist Herb Nieburg and Mark Rogers, clinical pharmacist at the hospital, lead the group.

For information or to register for any of the programs, call (401) 348-3533 or (800) 933-5960 ext. 3533, or send an email to: diabetes@westerlyhospital.org.


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