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Diabetes Education




Diabetes Care Management

The only AADE-accredited program south of Little Rock is proudly offered at Drew Memorial.
Our outpatient Diabetes Education classes:
- Are offered every month
- Are open to any adult (Age 18+)
- Can be offered either daytime or in the evening, based upon interest and availability of participants
- Are led by a Registered Nurse 
- Include a one-on-one intake session and three group classes
- Focus on the topics of Medications, Diabetes Nutrition, and Exercise
- Are part of the first program in our area accredited by the American Association of Diabetes Educators
- May include a support person or family member if you choose to bring one
- Are covered by most health insurance plans

It is a three-part course, and we will work with your primary care provider to determine your eligibility and enrollment

Upcoming Diabetes Care dates:
Jan. 9, 16, 23
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.



Diabetes Support Group
This is a free, weekly lunchtime program *offered to graduates* of our Diabetes Care Management program. Our group offers the opportunity for peer interaction, education, activities, and fellowship among those who have completed our course on Diabetes education.
The group is free, but the baseline training received in our three-part course is a prerequisite as we will refer to information learned previously.


For those wishing to PREVENT Type 2 Diabetes

National Diabetes Prevention Program
We are proud to be part of the CDC's National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP). Participants have prediabetes, a condition with no apparent symptoms which precedes the diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes. Many Americans (1 in 3) have prediabetes, but 9 in 10 prediabetics do not know they are prediabetic.
Eligibility in the DPP program is determined by conducting a risk assessment/survey and using your BMI score or blood work data. The program includes a yearlong commitment to group meetings (initially held weekly, later conducted just monthly), self-monitoring, and setting goals. The lifestyle change intervention intends to help you eat healthier, reduce calories, and increase physical activity. Participants identify their own personal barriers to healthy eating and exercise, which is one of the main reasons this curriculum is proven to reduce the risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes. Learn more about the National DPP curriculum we follow by clicking 
here.

Why participate?
REDUCE RISK of developing Type 2 Diabetes
- Avoid chronic health complications like Diabetes, Heart Disease, and Stroke (all are at an increased risk if you have prediabetes)
- Improve your overall health
- Reduce your health care costs, medication costs, and trips to the doctor
IMPROVE your Quality of Life
- Personal Coaching
- Social Environment/Supportive Atmosphere
- Reach your health goals
- Feel better


INFORMATIONAL MEETINGS for the next DPP Cohort will be held: 
Monday, February 5 at NOON
in Conference Room A


Did you miss our latest informational meeting? No problem! You may still be eligible to join a cohort that hasn't started meeting.
Participant applications will be accepted on a rolling basis in advance of the next Cohort class starting date. Contact us to get on the list of interested participants for the future!


Could you have Prediabetes?
Take the CDC Prediabetes Risk Quiz!



Contact Us
Contact the Education Department staff for information on these or any other classes at Drew Memorial. 

Phone (870) 460-3509
Fax (870) 460-3505
Email ksmith@drewmemorial.org