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August 9, 2011 > Join Us To Map Out Your Diabetes Management Plan

Join Us To Map Out Your Diabetes Management Plan

Special Diabetes Education Program Offered at Nakamura Clinic

Managing diabetes can be complicated. You need to monitor your blood sugar. You have to think about the foods you eat. You must make sure you get plenty of exercise. And, if you take medications, you have to take them at the proper time and in the right dosage. You almost need a road map to navigate all the twists and turns.

To help people learn more about managing their diabetes, Washington Hospital's Diabetes Education Program is offering a free "Diabetes Conversation Map" session on Wednesday, August 17 from 11 a.m. to noon at the Nakamura Clinic Conference Center, 33077 Alvarado-Niles Road in Union City.

Developed by health education company Healthy Interactions, in collaboration with the American Diabetes Association (ADA), the Diabetes Conversation Map Program is an innovative teaching method that combines face-to-face interaction among people in a small-group setting with scientific, evidence-based health information.

"The Diabetes Conversation Maps Program is a new way of teaching people about diabetes," says Washington Hospital's Coordinator for Diabetes Education Vida Reed, R.N., CDE, who will facilitate the session.

"The program is designed to engage small groups of people in discussions where they can learn from one another in a non-threatening environment," she explains. "We gather around a table that has a colorful 'map' that depicts the different challenges faced when self-managing diabetes. We use this map to guide us during the session. It's almost like a board game. The facilitator reads various conversation questions that serve as instructions for the session. Additional discussion cards provide useful information and stimulate conversations that guide participants in the learning process."

The Diabetes Conversation Maps Program includes maps for a variety of topics such as overviews of diabetes, healthy eating, diabetes monitoring and gestational diabetes. The session at Nakamura Clinic will focus on the map for "On the Road to Better Managing Your Diabetes."

"We'll be covering the basic concepts of understanding and managing diabetes," Reed notes. "For example, some of the cards used in the discussions are 'myth or fact' cards that contain statements such as 'People with diabetes cannot eat chocolate,' or 'To lose a lot of weight, you have to go on a crash diet.' It's a much more fun way to stimulate discussions than a formal lecture is, and people tend to retain more of the information they learn when they take an active role in their own education."

Reed has facilitated several Diabetes Conversation Maps sessions in other community settings, but this will be the first session at the Nakamura Clinic.

"We want to expand the outreach efforts of Washington Hospital's Diabetes Education Program beyond the regular classes that we offer and take them into the clinic setting," Reed says.

"The Diabetes Conversation Maps sessions are flexible and allow us to cover information that is relative to the patients at the time - what they need to know right now - and to stimulate them to learn more," she adds. "Participants will receive goal-setting handouts to take home so they can establish their own personal goals for what they feel they need to work on, based on what they learned in the session."

To register for the August 17 session, visit or call 800-963-7070.

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