FMC Diabetes Self-management Program Merits ADA Recognition Once Again

The Fairfield Medical Center Diabetes Self-Management Program recently was awarded the prestigious American Diabetes Association Education Recognition Certificate, for the second time in a row, for a quality diabetes self-management education program. The certification is given every five years.

ADA believes this program offers high-quality education that is an essential component of effective diabetes treatment. The Association’s Education Recognition Certificate assures that educational programs meet the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs. These standards were developed and tested under the auspices of the National Diabetes Advisory Board in 1983 and were revised by the diabetes community in 1994, 2000, 2007 and 2012.

“Our program is very helpful to people in our community and I am so proud of our staff for receiving this recognition,” said Jennifer Hellmich, RD, LD, assistant dietary manager. “The program is all-encompassing, giving people the tools to make wiser choices leading to a healthier lifestyle.”

Programs voluntarily apply for recognition. Programs that achieve recognition status have a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who can provide participants with comprehensive information about diabetes management. Education recognition status is verified by an official certificate from ADA and awarded for four years.

According to the American Diabetes Association, there are 25.8 million people or 8.5 percent of the population in the United States who have diabetes. While an estimated 18.8 million have been diagnosed, unfortunately, 7.0 million people are not aware that they have this disease. Each day approximately 5,205 people are diagnosed with diabetes. Many will first learn that they have diabetes when they are treated for one of its life-threatening complications – heart disease and stroke, kidney disease, blindness, and nerve disease and amputation. About 1.9 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in people aged 20 years or older in 2010 in the U.S. Diabetes contributed to 231,404 deaths in 2007, making it the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S. Overall, the risk for death among people with diabetes is about twice that of people of similar age but without diabetes.

The American Diabetes Association is the nation’s leading non-profit health organization supporting diabetes research, advocacy and information for health professionals, patients and the public. Founded in 1940, the Association has an area office in every state and conducts programs in communities nationwide.

For more information about the Diabetes Self-Management Program at FMC, please call Diabetes Educator Stephanie Van Horn at (740) 687-8492.

For more information on recognized education programs in your area or other American Diabetes Association programs, call your local ADA office or contact the ADA online at www.diabetes.org/erp

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