Diabetes Self-Management Education
The Diabetes Self-Management Education Program at St. Mary's of Michigan consists of an individualized assessment with our Registered Nurse and Dietitian, and additional education offered through group classes. Program staff present information which helps you better manage your diabetes, and reduce the risks of complications associated with diabetes.
St. Mary's of Michigan Diabetes Self-Management Program is certified by the Michigan Department of Community Health and recognized by the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) for quality self-management education.
Who Should Attend?
Any person with diabetes is encouraged to attend the program. Family members, caregivers and other support persons will benefit from attending the program at no additional cost.
How to Sign-up
Anyone interested in attending the program should call the Diabetes Office to schedule an assessment prior to the first class. To set up an appointment, please call (989) 907-8400 or (989) 907-8575.
The program format includes a combination of class lecture and interaction through:
Medicare, Medicaid and many other insurance companies participate. Free diabetic assessment and education classes are available to those who qualify through the Diabetic Care Fund administered by St. Mary's of Michigan Foundation.
What is Diabetes?
Nutritional Management - Part One
Nutritional Management - Part Two
For More Information
Questions regarding the program, or continuing education, please call (989) 907-8400 or (989) 907-8575.
Nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes and 79 million people are considered pre-diabetic - more than triple the number of diabetics.
People with pre-diabetes have a blood sugar level higher than normal, but not high enough for a diagnosis of diabetes; and are at higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes and other serious health problems, including heart disease or stroke. Without lifestyle changes to improve health, 15% to 30% of people with pre-diabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within five years.
The good news is, type 2 diabetes can be delayed and even prevented with healthier habits during the pre-diabetes stage.
Free Pre-Diabetes Class
Free pre-diabetes educational classes will be offered periodically by a nurse and dietitian. During these sessions, participants will identify their risk factors and learn how to make positive lifestyle changes to delay or prevent developing diabetes.
For more information or to register, call (989) 907-8575. Registration is required and limited to 30 participants per session.
Classes are not intended for individuals already diagnosed with diabetes.
Be sure to visit our calendar of events to find out when these free classes will be held!
Individual needs are addressed in private instruction sessions. Assistance with special problems, preparing and giving insulin, home monitoring of blood sugar as well as dietary counselling are tailored to your individual needs.
Spanish Language Materials
Written and video materials on managing diabetes are available in Spanish through St. Mary's of Michigan. for more information, please call the Educational Resources Department at 989-907-8400 or 989-907-8575.
800 South Washington Avenue | Saginaw, MI 48601 | (989) 907-8000 | 1-844-907-8000