Diabetes Wellness Classes
Posted: August 31, 2014 by UI Health Marketing
The Diabetes Wellness program at the University Of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System offers several classes, in English and Spanish, to help you manage Diabetes and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Class descriptions are listed below:
UNDERSTANDING INSULIN CLASS
This hour class gives A-Z instruction on how insulin
works in the body, types and actions of different insulins,
delivery options and devices, site rotation and signs/ symptoms
to watch for. You will be shown a demo and will be given the
opportunity to practice.
FOOD FATS AND SALT CLASS
This hour class focuses on dietary fats and
cholesterol, lipid blood work goals, blood
pressure and sodium guidelines, food sources
of potassium, and ways to flavor and improve
foods by using lower fat and sodium products.
INSULIN PUMP SESSION
This session is for individuals who need some
assistance with their pump or who are being
put onto the pump for the first time. You need
to bring your supplies, blood glucose meter,
and logbook/records with you every time.
DIABETES AND PREGNANCY CLASS
This 1 hour class is fun and interactive to help
the pregnant woman understand how to control
her blood sugars during pregnancy. Dietary
guidelines are given, blood sugar goals, and
glucose meters for those who require them.
ASK THE PHARMACIST CLASS
This hour class provides detail about diabetes
oral medications. The class answers questions
about your medication regimen, proper use,
possible side effects, food-drug interactions,
and what to expect when taking medications.
DIABETES AND YOUR EMOTIONS
This hour class is meant to help you to
understand how health conditions can take
a toll on your mental health. We discuss
types of mood disorders and depression &
assist you in getting any help you may need.
This hour visit is to welcome you and introduce
you to the diabetes program. We need to get to
know you and understandyour individual
learning needs. Please bring your medication
and health history list.
DIABETES 101 CLASS
This hour class in an introduction to diabetes.
This class discusses what diabetes is and how
you will take care of yourself. This is a good
class for anyone who feels they do not know
much about their diabetes condition.
MEET YOUR METER CLASS
This class gives an introduction to blood sugar
monitoring and finding blood sugar meters
that best suit your personal needs. Demonstration
of the meters is given and patients have an
opportunity to practice with their new meters
and log books.
WHAT'S TO EAT CLASS
This hour class explains which foods affect your
blood sugar and how much you should eat.
Carbohydrates, fat, and proteins are identified
with serving sizes. The role of these food groups
in blood sugar control is reviewed.
ADVANCED CARBOHYDRATE CLASS
This hour class is for the person who has taken
the What's to Eat class or who already understands
what carbohydrates are. The class focuses on
gram counting and specific meal planning skills.
Glucose control is focus.
FOOD LABELS & DINING OUT CLASS
This hour class covers the ins and outs of label
reading for carbohydrate, protein, and fat
grams per servings. This skill enables you to
enjoy the foods you love, but in the appropriate
portions. We discuss how to eat smart when
For more information about Diabetes Education contact the UI Hospital Diabetes Education Coordinator at 312.413.4309