We offer regular support groups and classes. The classes are small, informal and allow for plenty of interaction between participants and our health care professionals who specialize in the care of diabetes.
Classes are also offered on a one-on-one basis. Individual classes are designed for those with special needs for which group classes may not be appropriate.
Often classes are covered by insurance plans with a physician referral. Please check your plan about coverage. Support groups are free.
Diabetes prevention: A guide to better health
This class is intended for anyone who has been diagnosed with pre-diabetes, glucose intolerance, insulin resistance, or metabolic syndrome, and is designed to help you make important lifestyle changes in diet and exercise to prevent or delay the onset of diabetes and decrease your risk for cardiovascular disease. Emphasis is placed on starting an exercise program, eating healthy and goal setting. A physician referral is not required.
This program is designed to help those with diabetes learn to manage their diabetes. A physician referral is required. During the program, the following topics will be covered:
- What diabetes is and how it affects your body
- Good nutrition habits and how to plan meals and snacks
- How to monitor your blood glucose
- How to know when you need to change your medication or blood glucose monitoring schedule
- How physical activity keeps you healthy
- Signals that might mean you need a change in your treatment plan
- How stress affects your diabetes and what you can do about it
- How you and your family can cope with diabetes in your lives
Free support groups are held in Albany and in several coastal locations. Caregivers and support people are welcome to attend.
For more information, contact the location closest to you:
- Albany, 541-812-4839
- Corvallis, 541-768-6973
- Lincoln City, 541-557-6414
- Newport, 541-574-4682
- Siletz, 541-444-9647
- Waldport, 541-265-6611 ext. 2432