Accredited Diabetes Education

Accredited by the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE), the Ridgeview Regional Diabetes Education Collaborative educates patients, families and the surrounding communities about improving health while living with diabetes. Ridgeview Medical Center and Clinics, along with Lakeview Clinic, provide knowledge and skills to help patients modify behaviors and successfully self-manage diabetes and related conditions.

Patients newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes are eligible for 10 hours of education, covered by Medicare and insurance companies. Patients meet with Ridgeview’s and Lakeview’s team of certified diabetes educators to receive comprehensive advice and design lifestyle strategies to help you continue enjoying the things you love while effectively managing your diabetes.

The Education Collaborative provides four sessions over a six- to 12-month period in which patients are taught diabetes self-management skills including meal planning (CHO counting, eating out, use of alcohol, fats and salts), exercising, use of medications, blood glucose monitoring, motivational strategies, goals for long-term management and recommended follow-up with their health care team. Education beyond the first year of diagnosis is also available.