Lakeland Health Care

Diabetes Management

Patient Education Documents

For information about supplies of these written materials, call Lakeland Patient Education at
(269)983-8869 or email

Patient Education Videos

While in the hospital, access to the following videos is available for patient viewing. Dial 8040 in St. Joseph or 1232 in Niles.

  • Diabetes and Nutrition: Dining Out
  • Diabetes and Nutrition: Shop & Cook
  • Diabetes and Nutrition: Eating Healthy
  • Diabetes for Kids and Parents
  • Diabetes in Pregnancy
  • Diabetes Type 1
  • Diabetes Type 2
  • Diabetes: Making Lifestyle Changes
  • Diabetic Ketoacidosis
  • Family Perspective: Preventing Type 2 Diabetes
  • Managing Type 2 Diabetes
  • Moving Forward: Type 2 Diabetes
  • Non-Insulin Dependent Diabetes
  • Pre-Diabetes
  • Preventing  Long Term Diabetes Complications
  • Taking Insulin
  • Understanding Insulin

Community Programs

1. Smoking Cessation

Free support sessions and on-on-one consultations are available to help patients quit.
To schedule an appointment, call (269) 927-5403 or e-mail

2. Pre-diabetes Class

This free class helps participants with higher-than normal blood sugar levels learn about lifestyle changes which may help avoid or delay the onset of diabetes. Pre-registration is required. Call (269) 556-2868 for more information, click here for the schedule.

3. Diabetes Education - Group Classes

Ongoing diabetes self-management education classes are offered in Niles, St. Joseph, and Watervliet. Courses are taught by registered nurses and registered dietitians, and include management options and meal-planning techniques designed to improve blood sugar control and reduce risk of complications. Individual instruction is also available. A physician’s referral is required for the classes and individual instruction. For more information, call (269) 556-2868.

4. MyPlate 101

This class will help you understand the importance of proper nutrition. Learn how to read labels and avoid portion distortion. Walk away with tips for making a great plate and eating better on a budget. Pre-registration is required by calling (269) 556-2808 or (866) 260-7544.

5. Fitness to the Core

Regular physical activity performed on most days of the week reduces the risk of developing or dying from some of the leading causes of illness in the United States. This class explores the different elements of fitness and its benefits on an individual's overall health. Practical ways to incorporate daily fitness and forming an individualized fitness plan will be discussed. Pre-registration is required by calling (269) 556-2808 or (866) 260-7544.  

6. Because Every Heart Matters- Early Heart Attack Care

Did you know that  heart attacks have beginnings? Early Heart Attack Care involves knowing the subtle danger signs of a heart attack and acting upon them immediately- before heart damage occurs. This class provides information about the early symptoms of heart attack for yourself and others, the importance of early treatment and calling 9-1-1, and ways to decrease the risk of heart disease. Pre-registration is required by calling (269) 556-2808 or (866) 260-7544. 



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