Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Class

Jefferson Healthcare will host a free type 2 diabetes prevention class on Monday, February 4, 3:30 – 5:30 pm in the Dirksen Conference Room.  Risk factors such as family history, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or heart disease can all contribute to type 2 diabetes.  Learn from certified diabetes educator, Jennifer Newell, about how to lower your risk and prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.  The class will be followed by a cooking demonstration in the Cafe from Chef Arran Stark. He will share his tips for making cooking fun, simple and healthy.

Jennifer Newell, RN, Certified Diabetes Educator brings 20 years of experience as an educator and 37 years as a registered nurse to the existing team of C. Wesley Schott, PA-C and Irene Marble, RD, Certified Diabetes Educator.  Jennifer is passionate in her role, providing guidance, education and support to individuals with diabetes.  Recently, the Jefferson Healthcare Diabetes Services team received a Certificate of Recognition by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) for their Diabetes Self-Management Education Program.  This recognition means the team continually maintains and follows ADA guidelines and standards, ensuring the quality of services provided to the community.

Jefferson Healthcare offers a range of services and education options to meet the needs of patients with pre-diabetes, Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes and gestational diabetes.  “Jefferson’s ADA recognized program is based on individual needs to empower those with diabetes to live healthier lives,” says Newell.  “Whether a person has been living with diabetes for some time or whether diabetes is a new diagnosis we provide the resources needed to inform, guide and support efforts to optimize your health.” Monthly the team hosts a variety of group and individual education classes to address a variety of topics including healthy eating, active lifestyle, understanding medications and continuous glucose monitoring.

Diabetes is a disease that is diagnosed when blood glucose, also called blood sugar, is too high. Over time, having too much glucose in the blood can cause health problems, such as heart disease, nerve damage, eye problems, and kidney disease. Type 2 Diabetes can be prevented and is manageable with healthy lifestyle choices and knowing what to do to manage diabetes.  An estimated 30.3 million people in the United States, or 9.4 percent of the population, have diabetes. About one in four people with diabetes don’t know they have the disease. An estimated 84.1 million Americans aged 18 years or older have pre-diabetes.

Jefferson Healthcare is consistently looking for ways to create a healthier community through education and prevention.  There is a growing emphasis on creating health without increasing spending; by incorporating strategies to address the whole person the health of the whole community can be improved.  Diabetes Education is one way to make a difference in the health of the community.

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