Diabetes is the seventh-leading cause of death in the United States, with more than 18.8 million people diagnosed with the disease and approximately seven million people unknowingly living with the disease.
In an effort to best-meet the needs of those in the community with diabetes, the Center for Healthy Living at Kimball Medical Center is piloting a new schedule for the Diabetes Self-Management Education program for March, April and May. As part of this pilot schedule, Diabetes Self-Management Education classes will be offered Wednesdays, March 5, 12 and 19; April 2, 9 and 16; and May 7, 14 and 21 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
This program, which is recognized by the American Diabetes Association, is aimed at educating those living with the disease about how to manage diabetes so they can maintain healthy, active lives and reduce their risk for complications. Participants will learn how to manage their diabetes during this program, taught by registered nurses and registered dietitians – all certified diabetes educators. The program will also include a presentation on how to maintain healthy circulation by Christopher Blakeslee, DPM, a podiatrist at Kimball Medical Center.
Diabetes Self-Management Education sessions are held at Kimball’s Center for Healthy Living, located at 198 Prospect Street in Lakewood. Program attendees will need a doctor’s prescription and associated costs will be billed to Medicare or your insurance carrier. Registration is required by calling 1.888.724.7123.
About Kimball Medical Center:
Kimball Medical Center, a Barnabas Health facility, is a fully accredited acute care hospital dedicated to providing high quality medical and healthcare services to the residents of Ocean County and southern Monmouth County. In addition to offering a full range of innovative diagnostic and treatment services, Kimball Medical Center offers an array of wellness programs. Its ever-growing series of health education programs, lectures, screenings and support groups aim to promote wellness among all age groups. For more information about Kimball Medical Center, visit www.barnabashealth.org.