Henry Ford Health System's Diabetes Program Honored

May 29, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DETROIT – A unique diabetes program at Henry Ford Health System was recently honored by the National Kidney Foundation.

The Diabetes Self-Management Education Program was cited for meeting quality standards in diabetes education and improving diabetes and kidney disease management.

The diabetes program focuses on helping people with diabetes learn the steps required to manage diabetes every day. Patients attend a series of classes to learn the steps of self-management of diabetes. Registered dietitians meet with each patient at the end of the program privately to develop a personalized meal plan built around each person's lifestyle.

More than 10,000 patients with type 1 or type 2 diabetes have enrolled in the program since its inception in 2003. Individual and group education classes, offered at various Henry Ford locations, are taught by Henry Ford certified diabetes educators who are registered nurses and registered dietitians. These classes focus on diabetes overview, nutritional guidelines, medications and monitoring, reducing risks, coping, goal setting and problem solving.

More information on the diabetes self-management program.