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Mercy Schedules Winter Diabetes Self-Management Training Programs

Medical center to hold series of programs in January and February.

Continuing to address one of the most pressing public health concerns facing Long Island and the nation, Mercy Medical Center is offering winter sessions of its outpatient Diabetes Self-Management Training Program.

The four-session programs will be conducted in both January and February. Each begins with an hour-long individual assessment for each participant, followed by three weekly group workshops.

Group sessions will be conducted in January on Tuesday afternoons from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. and in February on Tuesday evenings from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Each participant also receives a group follow-up session approximately three months after the program ends.

Conducted by instructors credentialed by the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators, the program provides participants with the skills required for day-to-day management of diabetes and strategies for people living with diabetes to maintain and maximize life activities.

Those who can benefit from the program include both individuals recently diagnosed with diabetes and those who have been living with it for some time, along with those who are confused about what to eat, those having difficulty controlling blood sugar, those who have experienced serious consequences of the disease such as vision or foot problems and those who want to maximize energy, improve emotional well-being and prevent complications.

The program is most often covered by Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance.

For information call 516-62MERCY.

The above information was provided by Mercy Medical Center.

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