To receive diabetes education, your physician must fill out a referral form. When you have been accepted, we will notify you of the class schedule. We offer both day and evening classes.

The Classes
We offer classes for people who are not insulin dependent, and those who are taking insulin.

Our primary goal is to teach people with diabetes, and their family members, the importance of lifelong diabetes care. Our program stresses prevention of complications, and to show that diabetes is a manageable disease.

The class format is based on the International Diabetes Center requirements and is recognized by the American Diabetes Association. Please call 304-598-4391 and press #1 for Connie Kyle to find out most current class schedule.

General Topics covered:

  • The role of glucose and insulin in the body
  • The diagnosis of diabetes
  • Risk factors of type 2 diabetes
  • Possible complications of poor glucose control
  • Possible treatment options
  • Self-blood-glucose testing and current targets
  • Help with selection of glucometer
  • Effect of carbohydrate on blood glucose
  • Reading food labels
  • Benefits of physical activity
  • Relationship between glucose self-tests and A1C levels
  • Foot care
  • Targets for blood pressure
  • Targets for cholesterol levels
  • Strategies for sticking to meal plan while dining out
  • Guidelines for alcohol in the diet
  • Goal of blood glucose (low blood sugar) self tests
  • Hypoglycemia and treatment
  • Stress management
  • Foods that contribute to heart health
  • Portions sizes
  • Problem solving for out of target glucose readings
  • Discuss relationship between diabetes and depression
  • Healthy weight loss plans
  • Community resources for ongoing education
  • Sexual dysfunction

Some Additional Topics Covered for People Taking Insulin

  • Concerns about taking insulin
  • Types of insulin
  • How to inject, measure and store insulin
  • Insulin pump education
  • Insulin pump training