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Certified Group Diabetes education classes now available in Lake County

Certified Group Diabetes education classes now available in Lake County

Two-day class to feature meal and exercise planning, blood glucose monitoring and disease management education

TAVARES, Fla. (May 2, 2014) – Diabetes education plays an important role in helping diagnosed patients improve their health and avoid potential complications associated with diabetes. If left unmanaged diabetes can cause harmful complications such as heart disease or stoke. In fact, according to the American Diabetes Association, two out of three people with diabetes die from these preventable complications. Florida Hospital Waterman is now partnering with the Florida Hospital Diabetes Institute (FHDI) to help provide patients with the educational tools and information they need to manage their diabetes daily and make positive lifestyle changes. It is the only American Diabetes Association certified education courses of its kind available in Lake County.

  “The presence of diabetes in Lake County has been growing every year since 2002, and is currently affects 13.4% of the community, which is higher than the state average,” said Candace Huber Direction of Mission Development. “Education is the most important tool we can utilize to help our community manage diabetes. With proper nutrition, medication, exercise and monitoring patients can maintain optimal wellness and achieve a higher quality of life despite this disease.”

  The class is designed for patients newly diagnosed with diabetes as well as those who need help managing their diabetes care plan. The class includes planning meals to improve blood glucose control, starting an exercise plan, monitoring blood glucose, managing diabetes and preventing complications and making lifestyle changes to improve overall health. This diabetes education class is recognized by the American Diabetes Association and meets the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management which ensures the course will contain the most up-to-date, tested information regarding diabetes. Diabetes education is covered by most insurances and Medicare, usually with a small co-payment. A physician referral is required to attend classes. The course will be two consecutive days offered once a month starting in May and June. For referral information call (407) 303-2822 or visit FHWaterman.com.

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About Florida Hospital Waterman

Florida Hospital Waterman is a 269-bed, full-service community hospital located in the heart of Lake County. Founded in 1938 by Frank Waterman, president of the Waterman Fountain Pen Company, the hospital has grown from an 18-bed facility to a leading provider of acute and home health services in Central Florida. The hospital joined the Adventist Health System in 1992, and moved to its current location in 2003. With more than 1,500 employees and nearly 280 physicians on its medical staff, the hospital treats more than 14,000 inpatients a year and treats nearly 50,000 patients in its Emergency Department annually.