"The training was excellent. It made a real difference in how I was
able to control my diabetes" - JG
The Mary Washington Healthcare Diabetes Management programs offer education
and support to individuals who have been referred by a physician after
receiving a diagnosis of diabetes.
Our healthcare team of diabetes experts (nurses and dietitians) specializes
in helping you and your family develop the skills, knowledge, and confidence
to take control of diabetes. Research shows that improving blood sugar
levels reduces the risk of complications. Our diabetes team will develop
an individualized plan of care in collaboration with you, your family
and your physician.
Our program has been awarded recognition by the American Diabetes Association (ADA). Program educators are all registered nurses and dietitians with expertise
in helping patients learn to manage their diabetes.
Learning About Diabetes
- Healthy Eating and Meal Planning
- Controlling Blood Sugar with Medications
- Balancing Food, Exercise, and Medications
- Reading Food Labels
- Avoiding Complications
- Exercising for Better Health
- Managing the Psychosocial Issues of Diabetes
- Controlling Blood Sugar with Medication
- Eating Out
- Monitoring Your Blood Sugar
- Living with Diabetes for the Future
Our program is provided in a series of small group classes or individual
appointments, and spread out over about three months to allow for behavior
change and applied learning.
Intense Diabetes Management for Insulin Dependence
This program is specifically for people dependent on insulin who would
like better control of their diabetes by adjusting their insulin based
on the food they eat and their exercise plans. This program covers:
- Carbohydrate Counting
- Multiple Daily Injections
- Insulin Pump and CGM Therapy
"All the readings and research I've done regarding diabetes was
not as informative as being able to sit and talk one-on-one. I was made
to feel at ease immediately." - PD
We encourage patients to bring another adult to sit in on sessions, especially
if the patient is learning-impaired, does not speak English or needs added support.
Scheduling (for all locations):
Please call us at 540.741.2210 to discuss scheduling for this program
A physician referral is required. Most insurance plans, including Medicare,
cover Diabetes Self-Management training. We encourage you to check with
your insurance plan to find out what your plan covers.
Kids for a Cure Club - Support group for children with Type 1 Diabetes and their parents
For any questions or information regarding support groups and special events,
call us at 540.741.2210.
Forms for new patients