TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR DIABETES TODAY!
Whether you were recently diagnosed with diabetes, or you’ve been living with it for years, staying informed is a key to staying healthy. Continuous advances in the understanding and treatment of diabetes have produced tools that can help you manage your disease and preserve your quality of life.
EXCELLENCE IN CARE
Cooper Clinic’s Diabetes Education Program was accredited by the American Diabetes Association in 2000. This ADA recognition provides formal acknowledgment that the diabetes patient education program meets the National Standards for Diabetes Patient Education, as developed and reviewed under the auspices of the National Diabetes Advisory Board.
YOUR DIABETES TEAM
Cooper Clinic’s Diabetes Education Program is staffed with the individuals you need in order to successfully manage your diabetes. Rhonda Post, RN and Nancy Llewellyn, RD, CDE are committed to using their experience and education to benefit you and your health.
Individual, one-hour appointments are available with a diabetes educator and/or Registered Dietitian to develop custom nutritional plans, to teach monitoring of blood glucose, and address the personal needs of patients in managing their diabetes. To schedule an appointment, call (479) 274-4000 or (800) 333-1305.
Cooper Clinic offers group classes which meet the criteria for coverage by most insurance companies. The classes are delivered over a three-month period. The initial session is followed by sessions held two weeks, one month, and three months after the initial session date. Session 1 will last two hours. Sessions 2, 3, and 4 will last one hour and thirty minutes. Research shows that adults need time to absorb information in order to make changes that lead to positive results. The sessions are designed to include a semi-annual follow-up assessment for reinforcement and relapse prevention.
ABOUT OUR PROGRAM
Diabetes education is available for all persons with Type 1, Type 2, gestational diabetes, and those on Insulin Pumps. Patients are referred by their primary physician for outpatient education. Family members are encouraged to participate in all aspects of their loved one’s education.
Program Topics include American Association of Diabetes Educators’ Nine Self-Care Behaviors:
- Diabetes disease process and treatment options
- Prevention, detection, and treatment of chronic and acute complications
- Healthy eating
- Being active
- Taking medications
- Problem solving
- Healthy Coping
- Reducing Risks
Most insurance plans cover diabetes education, but you should check with your health plan to determine the extent of your coverage.
To learn more about Cooper Clinic’s Diabetes Education Program, please call (479) 274-4000 or (800) 333-1305.
For more diabetes-related information, please visit:
American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists www.aace.com
American Diabetes Association www.diabetes.org
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation www.jdrf.org
Center for Disease Control & Prevention www.cdc.gov/diabetes
International Diabetes Federation www.idf.org
American Association of Diabetes Educators www.diabeteseducator.org
Main Clinic, 4th floor
6801 Rogers Avenue
Fort Smith, AR 72903
(479) 274-4000 or 800-333-1305
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