Nanticoke Health Services’ diabetes self-management education program was awarded continued recognition from the American Diabetes Association.

The program was recognized in October 2008 and in October 2013. Nanticoke’s diabetes education program offers education services to patients in western Sussex County.

The ADA Education Recognition Program, started in the fall of 1986, is a voluntary process which assures that approved education programs have met the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs. Programs that achieve recognition status have a staff of health professionals who can provide information about diabetes management for participants.

The participant in an ADA-recognized program will be taught, as needed, self-care skills that will promote better management of his or her diabetes treatment regimen. All approved education programs cover 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; and preconception care, management during pregnancy and gestational management.

Assuring high-quality education for patient self-care is one of the primary goals of the Education Recognition Program. Through the support of the health care team and increased knowledge and awareness of diabetes, the patient can assume a major part of the responsibility for his/her diabetes management. Unnecessary hospital admissions and some of the acute and chronic complications of diabetes may be prevented through self-management education.

For more, visit nanticoke.org/diabetes or call 629- 6611, ext. 2288.