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Diabetes Education

The demands of life with diabetes affect your physical and emotional well-being. Whatever type of diabetes you have, there is a need for knowledge to learn to manage this chronic condition.

Anderson Hospital's self-management program could be your first step to taking control of your life as a diabetes patient.

The program offers:

  • Individualized plan of diabetes education 
  • Meal planning 
  • Exercise planning 
  • Basic diabetes skills 
  • Advanced diabetes skills

Program Description

The Outpatient Diabetes Self-Management Education Program at Anderson Hospital is recognized by the American Diabetes Association as meeting the national standards of education for diabetes. Our program offers diabetes services to patients, their families, and significant others.

Instruction provided by a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist and registered dietitians.

  • Individual consultations.
  • Small group sessions.
  • Comprehensive group classes.

Instruction provided in an individual session designed for:

  • Newly diagnosed diabetes patient
  • Those in need of advanced skills training

Group Classes

Education is provided in a group setting, utilizing Conversation Maps® to engage all participants.

The following content is covered with the maps:

MAP 1:  On the Road to Better Managing Your Diabetes

  • What is Diabetes?
  • Feelings you may experience
  • Blood glucose and insulin
  • Monitoring at home
  • Managing Diabetes with diet, exercise, and medication
  • Your support system

MAP 2:  Diabetes and Healthy Eating

  • The relationship between blood glucose and food
  • Feelings about food and eating
  • The nutrients that make up food
  • The effects of How, What, How Much and When you eat
  • Meal planning and other healthy strategies
  • Having a plan and engaging your support

MAP 3:  Monitoring Your Blood Glucose

  • What are blood glucose and insulin?
  • Blood glucose targets and how you feel in and out of range
  • Monitoring and knowing your A1c
  • What can cause highs and lows
  • Using monitoring to manage your Diabetes
  • Your support system

MAP 4:  Continuing Your Journey with Diabetes

  • The natural course of Diabetes
  • Challenges with keeping your blood glucose within target range
  • Potential long-term complications
  • How to delay or reduce the risk of long-term complications
  • The importance of checking for long-term complications and knowing your ABCs

Additional Resources:

Emotional Resources for Diabetes

Learn the Benefits of a Diabetes Educator

Living Well with Diabetes Support Group

  • *Meetings are usually held the 2nd Thursday from 4-5pm unless otherwise noted
  •  Please email Angela Johnston if you would like to be added to the meeting reminder.
  • Angela Johnston RD, LDN, CDCES
  • 618-391-6711
  • [email protected]

Continuous Glucose Monitoring Resources:





All physicians, physicians' assistants, and nurse practitioners providing services in this hospital are independent contractors or provide service under contract. They are not employees, agents, or servants of Anderson Hospital. These professionals are responsible for their own medical judgement, actions and billing.

Angela Johnston, RD, LDN,
Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist Program Director

Scheduling: 618-391-5834

Anderson Hospital
Wellness Center
2133 Vadalabene Drive
Maryville, IL 62062