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Free Four-Week Diabetes Education Series is Proven to Reduce A1C, Medications and Diabetes Complications

Diabetes St. Helena, CA—Adventist Health St. Helena offers the only free diabetes class in the Napa Valley that is accredited by the American Diabetes Association. The four-week education series, taught by a registered dietitian, empowers individuals to set manageable goals and learn how to make small changes that can dramatically improve one’s health. 

The course focuses on how simple lifestyle changes can be easier once you understand what is going on in your body. Changes such as healthy eating and physical activity can help to reduce the need for medication and/or help medications work even better. This goes a long way to improving blood sugar control, reducing blood pressure and cholesterol and preventing long-term complications. 

“Knowledge is power. And the more you learn, the more you will realize that having diabetes doesn’t have to be a negative thing, but rather an opportunity to use food, exercise and medical management to help you lead a healthier and more fulfilled life,” says Catherine Haas, a registered dietitian and instructor of the class. “I enjoy teaching this class because I get to help people get their lives back. Being diagnosed with diabetes can be extremely stressful, but access to the right tools allows people to manage their health successfully.” 

Ray Lavelle, a former participant, who cut his A1c in half after taking this class says, “I would highly recommend this class. I was fearful it was going to be about what I could no longer do, but it wasn’t. Instead it educated me on how to make better choices. Before this class I assumed my life was over, but after the class I told myself, I can do this.” 

The Diabetes Education Series is offered for free to those who meet one-on-one with a registered dietitian prior to the class and as a follow-up six weeks after the class. The individual dietitian sessions are typically covered by most insurance plans. The class is scheduled for a total of four sessions (2 hours each) in downtown St. Helena. To find out when the next class begins or to register, call (877) 596.0644.