Diabetes Self-Management Program

Managing your diabetes can be a lot to handle. There's so much to learn and many lifestyle adjustments to make. Whether you've just been diagnosed with diabetes or have had diabetes for a long time, the Diabetes Self-Management Education Program at St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital can support you in managing your diabetes.

The Diabetes Self-Management Education Program is designed to enhance the skills of those with diabetes in an effort to achieve successful health-related outcomes. The program offers comprehensive, high-quality, multidisciplinary diabetes education to people with Type 1, Type 2, Gestational diabetes, pre-diabetes and secondary forms of diabetes.

As part of the program, a Certified Diabetes Educator will assess your individual needs and provide you with practical solutions. Education may be provided by meeting with instructors one-on-one or in a class setting. The goal of this program is to make sure you know what to do to stay healthy and reduce the risk of serious complications associated with diabetes such as heart disease, blindness, kidney failure and nerve damage."

The program is recognized by the American Diabetes Association as providing high quality diabetes education.

Participants learn about:

  • Diabetes disease process
  • Nutritional management
  • Physical activity
  • Medications
  • Monitoring
  • Personal health habits/sick day management
  • Prevention, detection, and treatment of acute and chronic complications
  • Goal setting
  • Problem solving
  • Psychosocial adjustment to diabetes

How do you enroll?

A physician order or referral is required for the program. Call St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital Scheduling department at 217-347-1540 or Toll Free 1-800-900-1540 to set up an appointment with an educator for an individualized initial assessment. At the initial assessment, the educator will offer you times and dates for future classes.