For people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes, self-management of their condition can make a major difference in their health. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), better blood sugar control reduces the risk for eye disease, kidney disease, and nerve disease by 40% in people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. The goals of diabetes self-management education (DSME) are to prevent short and long-term health conditions that result from unmanaged diabetes, and to achieve the best possible quality of life. When people attend DSME classes, they learn how to manage their diabetes and health.
Free Diabetes Education Classes
The Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) offers free, in-person diabetes education classes that are recognized by the American Diabetes Association. These small group classes allow participants to safely interact and actively discuss their diabetes, share their experiences, and receive instruction and resources to eat well, get active, and better manage their diabetes. SNHD has taken extra safety precautions during this time so participants can safely attend in-person classes.
FREE TWO-PART DIABETES SELF-MANAGEMENT EDUCATION CLASSES
May 19 & 26, 2021
10 am-12 pm
280 S Decatur Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89107
- Call 702-759-1270 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If you’re unable to attend classes in May, but are interested in attending future classes, fill out the diabetes self-management workshop form on our website and we’ll contact you when the next classes are scheduled.
Why is Diabetes Education Important?
- Diabetes is expensive. According to the American Diabetes Association, people with diabetes have medical expenses approximately 3 times higher than those who do not have diabetes.
- People who have the knowledge and support to manage their diabetes are healthier than those who do not.
- Managing your diabetes can help you avoid or delay serious health complications such as kidney disease, amputations, heart disease and stroke.
Diabetes Self-Management Education Classes at SNHD can help you understand how to take care of yourself and learn the skills to:
- Eat healthy. You’ll receive instruction along with free recipe booklets, healthy snack lists, and sample meal plans.
- Increase your physical activity. To help get you started, we provide free exercise stretch bands and pedometers along with instructions on how to use them to increase your physical activity.
- Keep better track of your blood sugar (glucose).
- Take your medicine regularly and as prescribed.
- Solve problems and address complications that may arise.
- Set small goals to manage your health.
- Cope with the emotional side of diabetes. You are not alone. Hear from others going through similar challenges and share your knowledge.
- Reduce your risks for other health problems.
Many people do not know what their health insurance benefits cover or may not have health insurance. Some diabetes self-management classes are covered by health insurance or Medicare, but not all. If you don’t have health insurance or benefits, you can download a list of free diabetes classes and low-cost clinics to help you manage your diabetes. Remember, the diabetes classes at SNHD are always free.
This publication was supported by the Nevada State Division of Public and Behavioral Health through Grant Number 1 NB01OT009322-01-00 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Division nor the CDC.
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