Diabetes is a challenging disease to live with, and we understand the struggles that people with diabetes face every day. To help ease this burden, Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center offers comprehensive diabetes education services recognized by the American Association of Diabetes Educators for quality patient education.
Education is the cornerstone of our programs. Self-management skills are essential survival skills that can help you avoid or delay the complications of disease. Because staying healthy can be challenging, we offer a number of ways to make it a little easier. Patients can attend both group classes and individual sessions.
Group classes are designed to help patients and their families learn the beginning skills needed to live successfully with diabetes. We encourage you to bring a family member or friend with you.
- Diabetes Management Classes
Our diabetes management classes are led by a staff of certified diabetes educators, who are also registered nurses and/or registered dietitians. They provide practical advice on nutrition, medications, achieving better blood glucose control, hygiene, sick day management, community resources, techniques for combating stress and exercise. An individual pre-assessment and follow-up consultation is included. This program is designed to complement your doctor's care, and a referral is required.
- Prediabetes Management Class (available in English and Spanish)
Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center now offers a CDC-recognized diabetes prevention lifestyle change program. This comprehensive program is focused on helping you prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. It can also help lower your risk of having a heart attack or stroke and improve your overall health. Trained lifestyle coaches lead the program. They help you make lifestyle changes that include healthy eating, stress reduction, and increased physical activity. This is a lifestyle change program, not a quick fix. It is a year-long program focused on long-term health changes to attain lifelong health. For more information, see cdc.gov.
- Gestational Diabetes Management Program
This program is offered once a week for women diagnosed with diabetes during pregnancy and is taught by certified diabetes educators. A physician's referral is required.
Individual session are also available for people who prefer learning in a more private, personalized setting or for those who have special learning needs.
Patients may benefit from attending both group classes and individual sessions.
Please print the diabetes assessment form and bring it with you to your first class.
- Insulin Pump Program
This comprehensive program is for people with diabetes who are using or will be starting insulin pump therapy. Taught by certified diabetes educators who are specially trained in pump therapy instruction, this program includes how to use and maintain an insulin pump, plus important information about nutrition, carbohydrate counting, exercise and sick day, hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia management. A physician's referral is required.
- Continuous Glucose Monitoring
Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) therapy is a way to measure glucose levels in real time throughout the day and night. This therapy can assist individuals struggling to meet glycemic goals or who have frequent hypoglycemia. A physicians order and referral is required.
Free diabetes support groups are available at a variety of Sentara locations.
At Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center, our diabetes support group provides a friendly and supportive environment to share information and achievements, hear guest speakers and discuss concerns. The support group meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 10 a.m. in the Hylton Education Center.*
Registration for the diabetes management programs is not required. Support groups are free and open to the public.
*From Opitz Boulevard, use the hospital campus entrance at River Rock Way. Once on the hospital campus, please follow the signs for visitor's parking and enter through the Visitor's Entrance.
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If you are interested in having us work with your group, please submit a request.