What is the program?


The Diabetes Self-Management Education Program is designed to enhance the skills of those with diabetes in an effort to achieve successful health-related outcomes. The program offers comprehensive, high-quality, multidisciplinary diabetes education to people with Type 1, Type 2, Gestational diabetes, pre-diabetes and secondary forms of diabetes.

As part of the program, a Certified Diabetes Educator will assess your individual needs and provide you with practical solutions. Education may be provided by meeting with instructors one-on-one or in a class setting. The goal of this program is to make sure you know what to do to stay healthy and reduce the risk of serious complications associated with diabetes such as heart disease, blindness, kidney failure and nerve damage."

The program is recognized by the American Diabetes Association as providing high quality diabetes education.

How do you enroll?


A physician order or referral is required for the program. Call St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital Scheduling department at 217-347-1540 or Toll Free 1-800-900-1540 to set up an appointment with an educator for an individualized initial assessment. At the initial assessment, the educator will offer you times and dates for future classes.

Comprehensive Diabetes Education Classes


Participants in an HSHS St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital’s American Diabetes Association (ADA)-recognized program are taught self-care skills that will promote better management of his or her diabetes treatment regimen.  Education programs cover the following topics as needed:
•    Diabetes disease process
•    Nutritional management
•    Physical activity
•    Medications
•    Monitoring
•    Preventing, detecting, and treating acute complications
•    Preventing, detecting, and treating chronic complications through risk reduction
•    Goal setting and problem solving
•    Psychological adjustment
•    Pre-conception care, management during pregnancy, and gestational management

Carbohydrate Counting & Insulin Class


Carbohydrate, or carb-counting, is a method of calculating grams of carbohydrate consumed at meals and snacks. People with diabetes can use this method to manage their food intake and keep their blood glucose (sugar) within their target range.

During Carb Counting Class participants will  

•    Understand how the body works to match insulin to carbohydrate.
•    Learn which foods contain carbohydrate.
•    Understand how to read food labels and determine portion sizes.
•    Discover how to fit a wider variety of foods into their meal plan.
•    Improve their ability to count carbs accurately.

Real World Diabetes Education Follow-up Class


This class is a follow-up class for people with diabetes who have already taken the Comprehensive Diabetes Education Program. Diabetes Educators will review the goals set during the comprehensive class, help participants troubleshoot problem areas, and answer any additional questions participants may have   Participants are encouraged to bring food and blood glucose records.