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The DCH Diabetes and Nutrition Education Center, a Recognized Education Program by the American Diabetes Association, serves as an education and resource facility for people with diabetes and their families. The DCH Diabetes and Nutrition Education Center is located in the DCH Annex, 600 Bryant Drive, East, across from DCH Regional Medical Center. The center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Click here for a map to our location.

The DCH Diabetes and Nutrition Education Center provides training by nurses and nutritionists in self-management skills for people with diabetes. These skills include control of blood sugar, prevention of diabetes complications and improved self-care skills. Physician referral is required.

The two most common types of diabetes are known as Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Anyone can develop diabetes, but you have a greater risk if:

  • You are overweight.
  • You are female.
  • You are over the age of 45.
  • You don’t exercise regularly.
  • You have a family history of diabetes.
  • You are African-American.
  • You are a woman who has had a baby weighing nine pounds or more at birth.

 

Education Programs

The DCH Diabetes Education Center’s education programs focus on four groups of people who have Type 1, Type 2, Gestational Diabetes or who are at an Increased Risk for Diabetes. Education sessions are either one-on-one or in small group. A physician referral is required to enroll in any of our diabetes education classes. Class participants will receive a glucometer if needed.

Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes Education
Educational offerings for those with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes include:

  • Initial Visit - One-on-one visit with Diabetes Educator
  • What Can I Eat class - Group session with a Registered Dietitian
  • Three Lifestyle classes
    - Hearth Healthy and Carbohydrate Counting - Group sessions with a Registered Dietitian
    - Living with Diabetes - Group session with a Registered Nurse

Gestational Diabetes Education
Group sessions with a Diabetes Educator are available to teach expectant mothers how to manage diabetes during pregnancy.

Increased Risk for Diabetes
This is two-session class series designed to educate those with an increased risk for diabetes. Topics discussed include eating habits and activities that promote a healthy lifestyle. The purpose of this class is to help either prevent or prolong the onset of diabetes.

Insulin Starts Educational Offering
Your doctor may request this class for those with Type 1, Type 2 or Gestational Diabetes

 

 

Insurance Information

A physician referral is required to enroll in any of our diabetes education classes. Each session will be filed with your insurance provider. For those whose insurance does not cover diabetes education, the first session is $60 and additional session are $50 per session.

For more information about diabetes or about any of the services offered at the DCH Diabetes and Nutrition Education Center, call (205)750-5260 or click here. Additional information about diabetes is available through the Tuscaloosa County Diabetes Commission.