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Diabetes Education


Contact: (509) 249-5243

Diabetes is a serious, chronic disease that can be managed through lifestyle changes and medication. Nearly 21 million Americans have diabetes and at least 54 million people over age 20 have pre-diabetes.

Memorial's Diabetes Management and Wellness provides a genuine understanding of diabetes self-management. The department is committed to helping those with diabetes gain the skills and confidence needed to successfully manage their disease by providing the following resources:

  • Diabetes Prevention Program. Prediabetes is a condition where the blood sugar is higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes. If you have prediabetes, your risk for getting type 2 diabetes is high. Memorials evidence based Diabetes Prevention Program is proven to help people lower their risk of type 2 diabetes. Participants learn how to change their lifestyle and improve health in group meetings with a trained lifestyle coach. The program has 16 weekly one hour sessions and six monthly follow up sessions. How do I know if this program is for me?
    • Are you an adult who is overweight?
    • Do you have family members with diabetes?
    • Have you had gestational diabetes during one or more of your pregnancies or a baby that weighed over 9lbs 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 is for those who are newly diagnosed with diabetes, or those seeking to gain additional education to self manage their diabetes. The class is delivered in 4 sessions over a six month time period. Education materials and record keeping tools are presented in an engaging format that will guide patients in self directed diabetes management.
  • My Health, My Life: A Guide to Well Being. This six-week program is 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. Specific class dates and times available at yakimamemorial.org/events.
  • Diabetes Screenings are available Tuesdays from 8-10:00 a.m. at Memorial Hospital 2811 Tieton Drive, Yakima. No appointment necessary. Test is a finger poke. For the most accurate results, do not eat or drink anything 8-12 hours prior to screening.
  • Diabetes Dialog 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's Education Center, 2506 W. Nob Hill Blvd, Yakima. No registration necessary.

Consultations by appointment, call 509-249-5243.

  • Foot screenings. High blood glucose, cholesterol and blood pressure can affect nerves and blood vessels that supply the legs and feet. 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. If blood sugar levels are not managed during pregnancy both mother and baby could have problems. Understand how to manage gestational diabetes with proper nutrition, physical activity and blood sugar monitoring.
  • Insulin Initiation (one on one) Receive one on one 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 and kidney issues.

If you have questions regarding Diabetes or need assistance regarding program offerings, call Memorial's Diabetes Management and Wellness at (509) 249-5243. Specific class dates and times available at yakimamemorial.org/events. Most diabetes education programs are covered by insurance.

Memorial’s diabetes education service is recognized by the American Diabetes Association for "excellence in education."

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