If you have recently been diagnosed with diabetes, you may feel overwhelmed and fearful. The good news is that with proper nutrition, exercise, medication and monitoring, you can manage your diabetes and reduce the risk of long-term complications.
Our diabetes education program is recognized by the American Diabetes Association and offers comprehensive education and support. Our certified diabetes educators will help you learn to develop a lifestyle that puts you in charge of your diabetes through:
Individual Evaluation – We will conduct a personal assessment so that we can identify your individual needs. You’ll also learn how to monitor your blood glucose, use a glucose meter and plan meals.
Small Group Education – Our small group classes will help you learn about all phases of diabetes management, including:
- Basics about diabetes
- Meal planning and carb counting
- Blood glucose monitoring
- Oral medications and insulin
- Lifestyle changes to improve health
- Complications and problem-solving
- Stress management and coping skills
Support Groups – Our monthly support group features guest speakers who discuss various aspects of diabetes and self-management. Groups meet at the hospital, usually the first Monday of each month at 10:00 a.m. Call 255-3671 for more information.
We also offer these specialized services:
- Continuous glucose monitoring system - monitors your blood glucose for three days and provides a computer printout of your blood glucose trends and hidden episodes of hypo/hyperglycemia.
- Gestational diabetes education for expectant mothers.
- Insulin pump training and management.
- Pre-diabetes classes, refresher courses and grocery store tours.
- Audrey Buck, Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator
- Leah Erban, Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator
- Jody Thoreson, Registered Nurse, Certified Diabetes Educator
- Colleen Mooney, Licensed Social Worker
- Scott Dunn, M.D., Physician Medical Advisor
To Make an Appointment
- You will need a referral from your physician in order to enroll in this program.
- Most insurance companies, including Medicare, will cover diabetes education. Check with your insurance carrier about your available coverage.
- Call us at (208) 255-3671 to schedule your appointment.
Bonner General Hospital’s diabetes education program is recognized by the American Diabetes Association.