Lakeland Health Care

Diabetes Care

Lakeland HealthCare is proud to offer a range of classes that are designed to help you understand and manage diabetes better. The classes are designed to meet the specific needs of a person diagnosed with diabetes or with a high risk of developing diabetes.

Outpatient Diabetes Education Program
A physician's referral is required in order to register for this instruction.

Group Classes
Diabetes self-management education classes are scheduled on an on-going basis at Lakeland Community Hospital, Niles and the Community Health and Wellness department in, St. Joseph. The course is taught by a faculty of registered nurses and registered dietitians, some of whom are Certified Diabetes Educators. Included in class discussion is a variety of management options and meal planning techniques to improve blood sugar control and reduce the risk of complications. A selection of afternoon or evening classes is available.

Intensive Insulin Management Classes
Small group classes are available for those who are learning to manage diabetes with multiple daily insulin injections. Participants learn to adapt insulin doses according to their individual needs.

Individual Instruction
One-on-one instruction is available for those who will better learn the skills of diabetes self-management in a more individualized setting. Training is available by appointment with a registered nurse and a registered dietitian.

Insulin Pump Training:
Insulin pump instruction is available for those being introduced to insulin pump therapy. Training is also offered for current pump users who would like to improve their skills with advanced pumping techniques. Insulin pump instruction is provided by a registered nurse, certified in diabetes education and insulin pump training.

Lakeland offers the following programs free of charge:
No physician referral is needed, but registration is required.

Pre-diabetes Classes
The pre-diabetes education program is designed for anyone with higher than normal blood sugar levels and who is at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. This 2-1/2 hour group class discusses lifestyle changes that can help participants avoid or delay the onset of the disease. Monthly classes are available in Niles or St. Joseph.

Diabetes: Kids' Activities Day
Each year Lakeland hosts a fun-filled educational event for children with type 1 or type 2 diabetes and their parents. Children ages 4 - 12 can learn more about diabetes while participating in fun activities. Parents will learn what's new in managing diabetes and have the chance to meet and talk with other families.

The Lakeland HealthCare's Lakeland Diabetes Education Program has been Recognized by the American Diabetes Association for Quality Self-Management Education*

Helpful Resources

On-going Support
  • Family and friends: Let them know how they can provide encouragement as you pursue your diabetes management goals.
  • Insulin Support Group: For people with diabetes using an insulin pump or those who use multiple daily injections of insulin.
    • Meets the first Thursday of each month at 6:30 PM in the
      Community Room, Lakeland Regional Medical Center,
      1234 Napier Avenue, St. Joseph, MI.
      **Starting in January 2011 this meeting will be held on the first Wednesday of every month.
Physical Activity
  • Lakeland Medical Fitness Program - (269) 556-7150:
    • A medically supervised fitness program designed for individuals with medical risk factors, but open to anyone interested in responsible fitness.
  • YMCA facilities:
    • Niles, 905 North Front Street, (269) 683-1552
    • St. Joseph, 3665 Hollywood Road, (269) 428-9622
  • Indoor walking: available at malls, some schools (please check with the schools near you)
  • Outdoor walking: lake and river front trails, your neighborhood!















For more information about Lakeland Diabetes Education, please call
from Niles (269) 683-5510, ext. 2868
and from St. Joseph (269) 556-2868


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