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LRH Diabetes Education offered in Group Sessions

January 11, 2016

Littleton, NH - Littleton Regional Healthcare will offer Group Diabetes Education, a three month series in March, April and May. The six hour program will be divided into three 2-hour sessions. Each session will cover different topics. Each month the session will be available in the morning, afternoon and evening. The program is open to anyone interested in receiving Diabetes Education. You should check with your health insurance carrier to learn the details of your benefits.

Attendees must have a doctor referral to attend the program and will need to meet with the certified diabetes educator for a single hour-long individual session before the start of the program. You are not required to attend all three sessions, only attend the sessions you are interested in. If you attend all three sessions you receive a certificate of completion for the program.

If you are a Medicare beneficiary attending diabetes education for the first time the Medicare benefit requires you receive 9 hours of your diabetes education in a group session unless your provider specifies you need individual sessions. If you are a Medicare beneficiary attending diabetes education as a refresher your benefit pays for 2 hours per year and you may receive your education in a group or individual session.

Session I in March: Only attend one. March 7th 9:30 to 11:30 am; March 14th 1 - 3 pm; and March 23rd 6-8 pm in Conference Room 3. During this session participants will learn what diabetes is and why high blood glucose is a problem. This session will include discussions on the following topics: learn why it is important to self manage your diabetes, how to live with diabetes, the basics of healthy eating, how to prevent diabetes emergencies, when to notify your provider in an emergency, problems in coping with diabetes, how to use a blood glucose meter as a tool to meet your targets, the benefits of regular activity or exercise, tips to develop a safe and practical exercise plan, and how to make smart goals.

Session II in April: Only attend one. April 5th 9:30 - 11:30 am; April 12th 1 - 3pm; and April 19th 6 - 8 pm in Conference Room 3. During this session you will discuss personal successes and any problems with applying information from Session I. Topics of discussion will include tips to build personal strategies to cope with stress and change behaviors, tips for staying on track when dining out, complications for uncontrolled diabetes and why it is important to keep regular check-ups, learn what you can do to protect your eyes, gums and feet, learn about medications used to treat diabetes and how to manage them safely, learn how to maintain overall health through regular tests and immunizations, managing alcohol intake and tips on how to quit smoking. You will also learn how to manage sick days and travel. Again, learn to apply SMART goals to support health and behavior change.

Session III in May: Only attend one. May 3rd 9:30 -11:30 am and May 10th 1:00 - 3:00 pm in the New Medical Office Building conference room; May 16th 6:00 -8:00 pm in Conference Room 3. Topics in this session will include reviewing experiences, personal successes and problems while applying information from Session I and II. You will learn how to prepare for a disaster, money saving shopping tips and how to stock your cupboards. This session will help participants develop strategies to support your SMART goals and how to apply information from the program to problem solve and modify lifestyle behaviors. Finally, participants will learn how to identify resources and build a plan for a variety of situations that may arise to help keep you on track and meet goals.

For more information please call Littleton Regional Healthcare's Certified Diabetes Educator-Lucy Gordon at (603) 444-9323. Office hours are Monday thru Thursday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

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