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Diabetes Solutions classes offered at Pawnee Valley Campus
Leaders of Diabetes Solutions classes include, from left: Gretchen Whittington, RN; Deanna Carr, RN; and Christian Whittington, MD.

LARNED — Anyone who has been diagnosed with diabetes or pre-diabetes and wants to learn more about managing the disease is encouraged to register for upcoming classes at The University of Kansas Health System Pawnee Valley Campus, said Deanna Carr, RN.

The next Diabetes Solutions sessions are set for 8:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 4, and Tuesday, May 11, in the St. Joseph Room at the hospital, 923 Carroll Ave. in Larned.

“These educational sessions help newly diagnosed diabetics understand the changes they need to make in their diets and lifestyles,” Carr noted. “For those who have been living with the disease for a while, the class is a good refresher course to help them better manage diabetes.

“The sessions also are designed to help pre-diabetics become proactive in their health care and prevent the need for medication.”

A referral from a physician or other health-care provider, as well as pre-registration are required. Most insurance policies cover the $300 fee.

There is no fee for a caregiver or spouse who attends the classes to offer moral support for leading a healthier lifestyle.

Class topics include diet, exercise, mental health, medications, testing and problem solving. Participants also receive advice about steps to take during an illness or when traveling.

Gretchen Whittington, RN, noted that she appreciates being able to offer Diabetes Solutions close to home.

“Prior to the classes being scheduled at Pawnee Valley Campus, patients had to travel to HaysMed for Diabetes Solutions,” Whittington recalled. “We wanted our local and area communities to have easier access to this information. We hope they will take advantage of this great opportunity.”

Diabetes Solutions is offered in Larned every other month. In addition to the May sessions, classes are set for July 6 and 13; Sept. 7 and 14; and Nov. 2 and 9.

“Deanna Carr and I lead the classes at different times,” Whittington said. “But we also depend on some of our local colleagues to share their expertise.”

Other class leaders include: Andrea Harmon, dietician; Tim Davis, social worker; Jason Rath, physical therapist; and Christian Whittington, MD or Haley Gleason, advanced practice registered nurse.

HaysMed personnel also join in the discussion via interactive television.

For more information, call 855-429-7633.