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Diabetes Education

ACMC offers several options for educational opportunities for patients with diabetes.

Diabetes education is a collaborative process through which people with or at risk for diabetes gain the knowledge and skills needed to modify behavior and successfully self-manage the disease and its related conditions. The program is comprehensive and taught by diabetes educators who have extensive training.

Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP)

Sponsored by the Arkansas Rural Health Partnership, the Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP) teaches participants how to change their lives by learning how to control their diabetes. The free classes will cover topics from how diabetes affects the body and making sense of blood sugar numbers, to coping with the disease and how diet and exercise are crucial to making diabetes more manageable.

Healthy Cooking Classes

Once a month we offer a free cooking class. Follow our FB page for dates.

Diabetes Self-Management Program

Ashley County Medical Center’s Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support Program is an outpatient program consisting of individual and group classes. Our program is accredited by the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) a National Accredited Organization (NAO), certified by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and includes high-quality education that meets national standards. Our licensed staff are leaders in their profession and are here to assist you with your healthcare needs.

Not Traditional Classes with Lectures

We have classes but not in the traditional sense. We don't lecture patients. We use educational tools recommended by the American Diabetes Association, including "Conversation Maps" - visuals that make details and facts easy to understand. These tools help you internalize what you've learned and so that you can make better daily decisions and ultimately feel better.

Managing diabetes is much more than just taking medicine. Throughout the program, you will learn and understand what is going on inside your body. You’ll learn the best methods for taking charge of your condition. You’ll see how everyday decisions—like meal planning, exercise, testing your blood sugar, taking your medications and even checking your feet—can impact your condition and quality of life. And you’ll develop and leave with a treatment plan you can live with.

You may need a diabetes educator if you have had:

  • An initial diagnose of diabetes
  • A change in your medicine or insulin therapy.
  • Difficulty in meeting your AC1 goal or blood sugar goals.
  • Lack of information about diabetes treatment.
  • Recurrent or severe episodes of hypoglycemia (low blood sugars) or hyperglycemia (high blood sugars).
  • A diagnosis of chronic diabetes complications.

What You’ll Learn:

  • The latest information about diabetes and its management.
  • How to test and manage your blood sugar.
  • The importance of physical activity.
  • How to manage your medications, based on your doctor’s orders.

You must be referred to the Diabetes Self-Management program by your Primary Care Provider

In order to provide the best care possible, referral to any of the Diabetes & Nutrition Counseling services is coordinated through your physician.

  • Referral to the Diabetes Self-Management Program: click here to download a Diabetes referral form for your physician.
  • Have your physician fax your referral form to 888.804.5519. Once, we have received the referral we will contact for your appointment.

To schedule an appointment, for more information or questions regarding our Diabetes Self-Management Education Program or Nutrition Counseling services, call: 870.364.0563.

Location

Diabetes & Nutrition counseling service is located on the campus of Ashley County Medical Center in The Outreach Classroom on 124 Ray Lochala Road Crossett, AR 71635.

Ashley County Medical Center

1015 Unity Road
Crossett, Ar 71635
870.364.0563 office
870.364.1267 fax

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