Health Education Center
Location: James City/Williamburg Community Center, 2nd Floor
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center offers comprehensive wellness programs through the Health Education Center (HEC). HEC programs that benefit community members include:
- Weight management
- Heart health
- Diabetes education
Diabetes education is a comprehensive outpatient program certified by the American Diabetes Association. A multi-disciplinary team, taught by a registered nurse and registered dietitians specialized in diabetes education, are credentialed certified diabetes educators. Diabetes education is provided in a variety of forums including group and individual sessions. Diabetes education specializes in adults, and also provides education to adolescents and their families.
Educational content and time allocation is determined by an individual’s needs, educational requirements, the physicians referral, and the educators assessment. The program goal to educate and assist with behavioral changes needed to allow an individual to take charge of their diabetes, maintaining health and wellness and preventing the onset of complications.
Program components include:
- Diabetes disease process
- Blood glucose monitoring
- Nutritional management
- Physical activity
- Acute complications and chronic complications
- Goal setting and problem solving
- Psycho-social adjustment
- Community resources
- Preconception, pregnancy, and gestational diabetes
Medical Nutrition Therapy
Medical Nutrition Therapy benefits community members with comprehensive education about a variety of services including:
- Weight control
- Gastrointestinal disorders
- Eating disorders
- Sports nutrition
- Food allergies
To receive diabetes education or medical nutrition therapy, you may be referred by your physician or call directly to discuss self-referral. Most medical insurances cover diabetes education with an appropriate referral. Please confirm your insurance company's verification, since coverage may only be available for certain diagnoses.