Health System’s Diabetes Program Awarded Recognition by The American Diabetes Association

BRUNSWICK, Georgia: Dec. 13, 2011– An important component in controlling diabetes is proper self-care. Fortunately, residents of southeast Georgia who have diabetes have the access to the Southeast Georgia Health System Outpatient Diabetes Education Program. The program was recently re-awarded the prestigious American Diabetes Association (ADA) Education Recognition Certificate for a quality diabetes self-management education program—the only program in Georgia south of Macon to receive such a distinction. According to the ADA, the Health System’s program offers high-quality education that is an essential component of effective diabetes treatment.

Although diabetes is a very serious disease, it can be kept in check with diet, exercise, and, medication, says Evelyn Tatum, R.N., certified diabetes educator at the Health System. The Health System’s diabetes education program helps patients and their families learn how to cope with this serious disease and stay as healthy as possible. “Our program had to meet very stringent standards to receive the ADA certification,” she says. “I love helping people realize that they can and should be in control of the disease of diabetes, not that diabetes has control over them. Many times it is simply a different way of looking at the amounts of foods eaten.”

atum teaches diabetes education classes and also moderates free diabetes support groups year round in both Brunswick and St. Marys. For more information or to sign-up for any of the classes or support groups, contact her at 912-576-6488 or email.