The Altoona Regional Health System has offered an outpatient diabetes education program recognized as meeting National Standards for Outpatient Diabetes Self Management and Support since 1991.
In order to attend the program, you must have a referral from your doctor. The program consists of five appointments at the hospital. The first is an individual appointment where you meet with a diabetes nurse educator to review your skills (medication management and blood glucose monitoring).
The remaining sessions are conducted in a group. We review many topics related to diabetes management, including the development of a personal meal plan by a registered dietitian and a walking program involving the use of a pedometer and step count. A pedometer and tools for assisting in meal planning are provided. Our goal is to help integrate these healthy lifestyle changes into your daily routine.
We would love to discuss diabetes management with you! The program is covered by many insurance plans, but it is up to you to check with your insurance plan regarding coverage for you.
Both daylight and evening programming is available. If you would like more information regarding our program, you may contact Patricia Rose, M.S., R.N., C.D.E. at 889-2487 for more information.