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Diabetes Self-Management Education

More than 26 million Americans have diabetes and 54 million have pre-diabetes.  Diabetes is a chronic condition, that can occur at any age, where the amount of glucose (sugar) in the blood is above normal and often causes symptoms of being tired, thirsty, urinating frequently and blurred vision. You are at greater risk for diabetes if:

  • you are over 45 years of age
  • you have a family member with diabetes
  • you are a member of a high-risk ethnic population
  • you are overweight with a waist circumference over 35" for women and 40" for men
  • you have given birth to a baby weighing over nine pounds or have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes
  • you are taking certain medications
  • you have ever been told you have prediabetes

Tampa General Hospital’s Diabetes Self-Management Education program is a two-day comprehensive program for adults with diabetes who want to learn more about their diabetes and how to stay healthy. The program is taught by Certified Diabetes Educators (CDE), Registered Nurses (RN), Registered Dieticians (RD), and Medical Doctors (MD). The program provides education about meal planning, exercise, medications, blood glucose monitoring and reducing the risk of complications.   

Our nationally-recognized education program will help you understand your diabetes, teach you the self-management skills required to control your diabetes and ultimately prevent or delay the progression of heart, kidney and other diabetes-related complications. Our program is recognized by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) for quality self-management education and can help you answer the following questions about your diabetes:

  • How do I count carbohydrates?
  • What should I look for on food labels?
  • How does exercise affect my blood glucose?
  • How do I prevent/treat low blood glucose?
  • Am I taking my diabetes medications properly?
  • Where is the best location to inject/store my insulin?
  • When should I test my blood glucose?
  • What is an A1C or eAG test?
  • What are some serious consequences of high blood glucose?
  • Why should I perform daily foot checks?
  • Are pre-filled disposable insulin pens available?
  • What are insulin pumps and continuous glucose sensors?

A referral/prescription from your primary care physician stating “Diabetes Class” is required to attend this class. Medicare and most insurance companies cover diabetes self-management education classes. Registration for this class is required. Payment for this class will not be collected at the time of registration. Cost of this class is determined by insurance coverage and TGH will bill the insurance company directly. It is important that participants confirm insurance coverage by calling their insurance company to receive prior authorization.

This class is held at the TGH Pediatric Center at Healthpark, located at 5802 N. 30th Street, Tampa, FL 33610, in Building B, Conference Room HF117.

The week of the class, participants will be mailed an assessment form and map and receive two reminder calls. Participants must bring the completed assessment form, class prescription and their blood glucose monitor/logbook to the class.

The following topics will be covered during the class:

  • Diabetes overview and the disease process
  • Nutrition and meal planning
  • Activity and exercise
  • Medications and insulin administration
  • Monitoring and use of results
  • Acute Complications such as hypoglycemia
  • Chronic Complications – prevention, detection and treatment
  • Foot, skin and dental care
  • Goal setting and problem solving
  • Community resources and new innovations

Attendees will receive a healthy lunch each day, blood glucose monitoring supplies, a notebook of education materials, and individual management recommendations will be provided to their healthcare provider. A family member or support person is encouraged to attend the class with you.

After completing the 10-hour class, you will receive a three month follow-up call and may see a registered dietitian for individual consultation.

Click below to see what patients have to say about our class.

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Classes meet from 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. on the following dates:

2020 Class Dates

  • January 9th-10th
  • February 13th-14th
  • March 12th-13th
  • April 9th-10th
  • June 11th-12th
  • July 9th-10th
  • September 10th-11th
  • October 8th-9th
  • November 12th-13th

Location

Building C Specialty Clinic room HP117
5802 N. 30th Street 
Tampa, FL 33610
Take East Henry Ave. and park behind Building C Specialty Clinic ​ 

Registration & Forms

If you have already been diagnosed with diabetes and would like to register for this class, please call (813) 844-8087 or click here to register online.

If registering online, you will be contacted after you've registered regarding payment.

Once registered, click here to download the class assessment and registration form. Please print the forms, complete and bring with you the day of your class.

Additional Information

For more information, contact Renée Meehan at (813) 844-7091 or Sharon Elazar at (813) 844-8302.

For details about TGH’s on-going diabetes support group, “Sweet Ones”call Laura Gil at (813) 844-8091.