Conway Regional's Diabetes Self-Management Education Program is a recognized site by the American Diabetes Association. The program includes education on:
- meal planning
- stress management
- monitoring & preventing complications
- setting goals
The Conway Regional Diabetes Management Program is the only education program in Arkansas to receive the ADA's Cure Care Commitment Award. The award recognizes organizations and individuals for their commitment to fighting diabetes.
Seven self-care behaviors are taught which include:
- Healthy eating
- Being active
- Monitoring blood sugar
- Taking Medication
- Problem Solving
- Reducing Risks
- Healthy coping
Classes are offered on an ongoing basis and are available several different times to meet busy schedules. Classes are taught by certified diabetes educators, diabetes education nurses and registered dietitians. Guest speakers are also provided.
Our Diabetes Management Program also works in conjunction with the Conway Regional Wound Healing Center to address wound care needs of patients. Weekly education and support for weight management is also available.
The program is open to anyone who has Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, anyone with a change in their diabetes management and anyone with new onset diabetes as well as any family members or caregivers of diabetes patients. Discuss this program with your doctor to see if you are a candidate. Patients who are interested in attending diabetes education classes may register through their physician's office or by contacting the education office directly at (501) 932-3236.
Medicare, as well as most third party insurance providers, cover a portion of the cost for this program. Diabetes education is provided to patients who have Medicaid as well. In order for insurance to cover any education cost, a physician referral is required. Any specific costs for patients is determined by insurance coverage.