Diabetes Education

Contact: (509) 249-5243

Contact: 509 249-5243

Memorial is committed to helping those with diabetes gain the skills and confidence needed to successfully manage their disease. All classes are available in Spanish and the cost is covered by most insurance plans.

Diabetes Prevention

Consultations and screenings by appointment - 509 249-5243

Prediabetes is a condition where the blood sugar is higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes. Memorial's prevention program helps people lower their risk of type 2 diabetes. Participants meet in groups with a trained lifestyle coach for 16 weekly, one-hour sessions and seven monthly follow up sessions. If you would like to learn more about this program, you can attend an orientation on the last Monday of each month from 4-4:30 p.m. at Memorial's Community Education Center at 2506 W. Nob Hill Blvd. No registration is necessary for the orientation.

How do I know this program is for me?

  • Are you an overweight adult?
  • Do you have family members with diabetes?
  • Have you had gestational diabetes during pregnancy or did any of your babies weigh 9 lbs or more at birth?
  • Have you ever been told you have high blood sugar, prediabetes, or borderline diabetes?

If you answered yes to any of these, you may be at risk for type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes Wellness

This program from the International Diabetes Center delivers basic education for patients to understand and take care of their diabetes on a daily basis. Structured to encourage, support and promote self-management and long term maintenance, this class is delivered in 4 sessions over a six month time period. A referral from your doctor is required.

Foot screenings

People with diabetes should have an annual comprehensive foot exam to reduce the risk of foot complications. This exam is painless, non-invasive and takes about 15 minutes.

Gestational Diabetes management

Gestational diabetes is high blood sugar that develops during pregnancy. Understand how to manage gestational diabetes with proper nutrition, physical activity and blood sugar monitoring.

Insulin Initiation

Receive personal instruction and hands on experience on safely administering insulin.

Medical nutrition therapy consultation - (up to 3 hours with registered dietitian)

Meet with a registered dietician to help establish a healthy personal meal plan that will address health issues such as blood sugar, cholesterol, triglycerides, blood pressure, kidney issues, or those with specific dietary restrictions.

Diabetes Support group - presents a variety of monthly topics related to Diabetes wellness.

Meetings on the first Tuesday of each month at 7-8:00 p.m. and also the third Tuesday at 10-11:00 a.m. at Memorial Cornerstone Medicine, 4003 Creekside Loop, Yakima. Our Spanish support group meets the third Monday of every month from 6-8 pm at the 2506 W Nob Hill Blvd.

If you have questions regarding diabetes, other chronic disease management, or need assistance regarding program offerings, call Memorial's Diabetes Management and Wellness at (509) 249-5243.

Specific class dates and times available here.

Most diabetes education programs are covered by insurance.

My Health, My Life: A Guide to Well Being

Designed to help individuals who suffer from chronic illness learn simple techniques on how to live a healthy life by managing their symptoms. For patients living with arthritis, diabetes, asthma, depression, obesity, heart disease, pain, cancer-related illness or any other chronic illness. Caregivers and family support persons are encouraged to attend. Classes are 2-1/2 hours each, once a week for six weeks. For a schedule of classes and information, call 509 225-3178.

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