Hastings — The Mary Lanning Healthcare Diabetes Education Program recently received an American Diabetes Association recognition.
The American Diabetes Association Education Recognition effort is a voluntary process which assures that approved education programs have met the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs.
Programs achieve recognition status when they have a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who can provide state-of-the-art information about diabetes management for participants.
DeAnn Carpenter, coordinator of the Mary Lanning program, said self-management education is an essential component of diabetes treatment.
"The ADA recognition assures consistency in quality and quantity of education offered," Carpenter said. "Program participants will be taught self-care skills to promote better management of their diabetes treatment regimen."
All approved education programs cover diabetes disease process; nutritional management; physical activity; medications; monitoring; prevention, detection and treatment of acute and chronic complications; goal setting; problem solving; psychological adjustment; and preconception care, management during pregnancy and gestational management.
Through the support of the healthcare team and increased knowledge and awareness, the patient can assume a major role in his or her diabetes management, preventing unnecessary hospital admissions and chronic complications.
The Mary Lanning program has received ADA recognition each year since 1997.