Individualized and Group Classes by Clinical Professionals
You can easily find diabetes education courses near you that give you the skills and tools needed to manage your health. Each of our education centers is recognized by the American Diabetes Association for quality self-management education. Texas Health outpatient diabetes education centers are located throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Diabetes educators, registered nurses and registered dietitians can help you develop diabetes management skills to live a healthier life. The center-based program includes courses offered both to individuals and groups and is taught by diabetes educators and medical professionals. Consultations at the beginning and end of the series will assess your specific needs and help you set personal goals by incorporating the skills learned in the program into your daily life.
For more information on how to attend diabetes education classes lead by clinical specialists, contact 1-800-804-3399.
Community Health Improvement Programs
Controlling your health has never been easier. Texas Health offers free self-management programs that focus on chronic disease including one specific to diabetes. These programs are offered throughout the community, in settings such as recreation centers, churches, libraries and hospitals. They are award-winning, evidence-based programs (originally developed at Stanford University) that enable you to take control of your health through a series of workshops held once a week for six weeks. Each workshop is in a group setting, lasts two-and-a-half hours and teaches the basic skills necessary to carefully monitor and manage your disease. Workshops are taught by certified, lay leaders and focus on problem solving, decision making and action planning to help you gain control over your chronic illness and improve your quality of life. There are a variety of topics discussed such as the importance of proper rest, dealing with difficult emotions, pain and fatigue management, weight management, working with your health care provider and much more.
The Diabetes Self-Management Program is similar in format to the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program but offers additional topics specific to managing diabetes such as, identifying the signs and symptoms of high or low blood sugar, the importance of monitoring your blood sugar, preventing complications, managing your medications, how food and exercise affect blood glucose levels, effective communication techniques and more.
To find a class near you, please call 1-877-THR-WELL.
Chronic Disease Self Management Program
In addition to the Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP), participants may attend the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program which focuses broadly on how to manage and thrive with chronic diseases and conditions of all types. Topics include the importance of proper rest, making informed treatment decisions, pain and fatigue management, weight management and working with your health care organization.
Medical Nutrition Therapy
The food we eat plays an essential role in the treatment and prevention of chronic disease, including diabetes. Making good food choices and having flexibility in creating meals will allow you to enjoy a wide range of foods. It's important to work with a specialist who can help you gain new skills and confidence in meal planning so that you can live a healthy lifestyle without feeling deprived.
Texas Health offers medical nutrition therapy for adults to help in treating medical conditions and associated symptoms. Medical nutrition therapy is delivered by a registered dietitian who will create a tailored meal plan to meet individual needs for proper diet and nutrition.
Continuous Glucose Monitoring
For individuals living with diabetes, knowing their blood glucose (blood sugar) levels is crucial in living with the disease. Continuous Glucose Monitoring tracks blood glucose levels at regular intervals throughout the day and night. The information can be used as a guide in managing the effects of food, physical activity and medication on blood glucose levels.
Continuous Glucose Monitoring is an effective way for individuals to put their numbers in context to help manage their diabetes. The information gained through continuous monitoring allows for adjustments to be made in medication, exercise and nutrition as needed.
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Texas Health Arlington Memorial
810 West Randol Mill Road, Arlington, 76012
Lower Level Room C1, C2, or C3.
Held the fourth Tuesday of each month from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. No meeting in December.
For more information call 817-960-6025.
Texas Health Dallas
8200 Walnut Hill Lane, Dallas 75231
Beasley Conference Room, main building, first floor.
Held the fourth Tuesday of January, April, July and October from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
For more information call 214-345-4330.
Texas Health Denton
2900 Interstate 35 North, Medical Building 1, Suite 100, Denton, 76201
Held the last Thursday of each month from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. No meetings in July and December.
For more information call 940-323-7961.
Texas Health Fort Worth
Meetings alternate between the Diabetes Education Center, Richardson Building, first floor, 1301 Pennsylvania Avenue in Fort Worth, 76104 and Texas Health Southwest Community Education Building, 6270 John Ryan Drive in Fort Worth 76132
Held the second Thursday of January, April, July and October from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
For more information call 817-250-3812.
Texas Health HEB
251 Westpark Way, conference room, first floor, Euless, 76040
Held the Wednesday of alternate months from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
For more information, call 817-868-6410.
Texas Health Kaufman
850 Ed Hall Drive, conference room A, Kaufman, 75142
Held the third Saturday of each month from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
For more information call 972-932-5252.
Texas Health Plano
6300 West Parker Road, Medical Office Building 2, Suite 129B, Plano, 75093
Held the third Thursday of each month from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
For more information call 972-981-4225.
Texas Health Stephenville
140 River North Boulevard, Texas Health Outpatient Center, Stephenville, TX 76401
Held the second Thursday of each month from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
For more information call 254-965-1581.
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