CVPH Plans Diabetes Self-Management Education Program in November

A three-part Diabetes Self-Management Education Program sponsored by the University of Vermont Health Network – Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital (CVPH) begins Thursday, November 2 at the main hospital.  The program, led by certified diabetes educators Ann Watts and Catherine LaPier, takes place in Auditorium C from 5 to 8 p.m.  

This program is designed specifically for those with Type 2 diabetes, according to LaPier who added that the goal is to foster a better understanding of the disease, its management and treatment.  “Education about diabetes is an important part of living with it,” LaPier said.

Watts said the classes will be include practical information focused on successfully managing the disease.  Each participant can bring a support person to the program. Discussed will be the impact of food and activity on blood sugar, the importance of glucose level monitoring and how to adopt and maintain a healthy lifestyle. “We will also explore medication options as well as preventing, recognizing and treating complications,” she said.

A physician referral is required for the CVPH Diabetes Self-Management Education Program. Insurances will be billed however all government and private insurances will cover the cost. Some may require a copay which will be billed by the hospital.

The CVPH Diabetes Self-Management Education Program will be offered periodically throughout the year and at different times of the day to provide ample opportunity for those interested to attend.

For more information, call Watts at (518) 314-3921 or speak with your health care provider.