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Nutrition and Diabetes Education Center Diabetes Education Program Merits ADA Recognition

November 10, 2014

The prestigious American Diabetes Association Education Recognition Certificate for a quality diabetes self-management education program was awarded to the DeKalb Medical Nutrition and Diabetes Education Center on October 24, 2014. (The program was originally recognized in 2001). ADA believes DeKalb Medical’s program offers high-quality education that is an essential component of effective diabetes treatment, and meets the national standards for diabetes self-management education programs.

Programs that achieve Recognition status have a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who can provide participants with comprehensive information about diabetes management. The DeKalb Medical Nutrition and Diabetes Education Center offers individual and group training and pre-diabetes classes that help patients make healthy lifestyle choices, ongoing support classes and programs such as cooking demonstrations and grocery store tours, and monthly workshops that offer an open and educational environment to discuss the challenges of diabetes and how to manage the disease. The program is staffed by registered dietitians and registered nurses. 

“Our program is dedicated to providing high-quality education to help develop and improve our patients’ self-care skills essential to their diabetes or pre-diabetes management,” said Lyssa Youngblood, RN, BSN, CDE, program manager for DeKalb Medical’s Nutrition and Diabetes Education Center. “Our team’s goal is to help these patients develop the cornerstone healthy lifestyle choices, such as healthy eating, being active and modest weight loss.”

The ADA Recognition standards were developed and tested under the auspices of the National Diabetes Advisory Board in 1983 and were revised by the diabetes community in 1994, 2000, 2007 and 2012. Programs apply for Recognition voluntarily. Education Recognition status is verified by an official certificate from ADA and awarded for four years.

Diabetes Facts and Statistics

According to the American Diabetes Association, there are 29.1 million persons or 9.3 percent of the population in the United States who have diabetes. While an estimated 21 million have been diagnosed, unfortunately, 8.1 million are not aware that they have this disease. Each day approximately 4,657 persons are diagnosed with diabetes. Many will first learn that they have diabetes when they are treated for one of its life-threatening complications – heart disease and stroke, kidney disease, blindness, and nerve disease and amputation. About 1.7 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in persons aged 20 years or older in 2012 in the U.S. Diabetes contributed to 234,051 deaths in 2010, making it the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S. Overall, the risk for death among persons with diabetes is about twice that of persons of similar age but without diabetes.

About ADA

The American Diabetes Association is the nation’s leading non-profit health organization supporting diabetes research, advocacy and information for health professionals, patients and the public. Founded in 1940, the Association has an area office in every state and conducts programs in communities nationwide.

For more information on Recognized education programs in your area or other American Diabetes Association programs, call your local ADA office or contact the ADA online at www.diabetes.org/erp

About DeKalb Medical

Founded in 1961, DeKalb Regional Health System, Inc., known as DeKalb Medical, is comprised of more than 800 doctors skilled in 55 medical specialties across three campuses. The 627-bed system includes DeKalb Medical at North Decatur (451 beds), DeKalb Medical Long Term Acute Care at Downtown Decatur (77 beds), DeKalb Medical at Hillandale (100 beds), DeKalb Medical Physicians Group and the DeKalb Medical Foundation. The not-for-profit health care system is a HealthGrades® Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Attack in 2013 and Five-Star Recipient for Peripheral Vascular Bypass in 2012, and earned the Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke Silver Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart/American Stroke Association. Our Maternity Center was selected as a participant in the Best Fed Beginnings project as part of UNICEF/WHO’s Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative. Our Cancer Center received the Outstanding Achievement Award and is granted three-year approval by The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons as a community hospital comprehensive oncology program. Our Joint Solutions Center is a metro Atlanta leader in joint replacement. In addition, our LTAC earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for acquired brain injury, wound care and respiratory failure services. Visit www.dekalbmedical.org.