Diabetes Education Classes Now Accepting Applicants for 2015

Humboldt General Hospital's program aimed at helping people "live well" with diabetes is now accepting participants for one of nine class sessions in 2015.

Humboldt General Hospital's Nutritional Services Department will kick off the New Year by offering its "Living Well with Diabetes" education program from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, January 20, and Tuesday, January 27.

For the remainder of the year, class sessions are as follows: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursdays, February 5 through March 12; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, March 21 and March 28; 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays, May 6 and May 13; 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, June 16 through July 21; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays, August 10 and August 17; 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays, September 23 through October 28; and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays, November 5 and November 12.

The 10- to 13-hour comprehensive education program covers topics such as disease risks, monitoring blood sugar, creating meal plans, remaining active, managing medications and more.

Those who are interested in the "Living Well with Diabetes" education program should call their primary care physician for a referral.

According to HGH Nutritional Services Director/Licensed Dietitian Tiffani Nalivka, diabetes education is a collaborative process in which people with or at risk for diabetes gain the knowledge and skills they need to modify their behavior for maximum health.

"Living with a chronic condition can be very challenging," said Nalivka, "so our goal is to help people create a self-management plan that will help them truly live well."

Instruction is delivered to diabetes patients on a one-and-one and small-group basis. The program is covered by most insurance; for those who don't have insurance, the hospital may be able to provide financial assistance.

Class times and dates may be subject to change. Nalivka said the program may also be available in Spanish, pending a sufficient number of referrals.

For more information, please contact Tiffani Nalivka at (775) 623-5222, ext. 1756, or email nalivkat@hghospital.org. Participants are encouraged to register early as class space is limited.