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  • LRH Diabetes Education Program Recertified by ADA

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    July 01, 2019
    (FERGUS FALLS, Minn.) – The prestigious American Diabetes Association (ADA) Education Recognition Certificate for a quality diabetes self-management education program was recently awarded to the Lake Region Healthcare (LRH) Diabetes Education program for another four-year certification period. Originally certified in 2005, the award shows that the ADA believes the LRH program offers high-quality education that is an essential component of effective diabetes treatment.
    The Association’s Education Recognition Certificate assures that educational programs meet the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs. These Standards were developed and tested under the auspices of the National Diabetes Advisory Board in 1983 and were revised by the diabetes community in 1994, 2000, 2007 and 2012.
    Programs apply for the recognition voluntarily. Programs that achieve Recognition Certificate status have a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who can provide participants with comprehensive information about diabetes management. “LRH participates in this program to give us a national standard by which to measure the quality of services we provide,” said LRH CEO Kyle Richards.  “Ensuring high-quality services are available to our patients and their families is part of our commitment to improving the health and wellness of people in our communities,” he added.  Education Recognition status is verified by an official certificate from ADA and awarded for a period of four years.
    The LRH Diabetes Education Staff includes both a Certified Diabetes Educator and a Registered and Licensed Dietitians. “Our diabetes educators are highly qualified and strive to offer the very best education, tools & resources to help people manage their diabetes for better quality of life,” Richards said.
    According to the ADA, there are 30.3 million people or 9.4% of the population in the United States who have diabetes. While an estimated 23.1 million have been diagnosed, unfortunately, 7.2 million people are not aware that they have this disease. Each day approximately 4,110 people are diagnosed with diabetes. Many will first learn that they have diabetes when they are treated for one of its life-threatening complications – heart disease and stroke, kidney disease, blindness, and nerve disease and amputation. Diabetes continues to be the 7th leading cause of death in the US – in 2015, it contributed to 252,806 deaths. The ADA’s Economic Costs of Diabetes in the U.S. n 2017 confirms diabetes as the nation’s most expensive chronic health care condition at $327 billion.
    The ADA also offers a monthly “Ask the Experts” Q&A series to help tackle issues commonly faced by people living with diabetes and wondering about the relationship between diabetes, heart attacks, strokes and heart failure. You can find links to the monthly program topics & registration information at www.diabetes.org/experts4PRO. The remainder of 2019 session topics include:
    Diabetes Complications: July 16, 2019
    Diabetes Education Programs: August 13, 2019
    Know Your Numbers: September 10, 2019
    Your Health Care Team: October 15, 2019
    Getting and Giving Support: November 12, 2019
    A Little Movement Can Go a Long Way: December 10, 2019
    About Lake Region Healthcare
    Lake Region Healthcare is living out its vision to be Minnesota's preeminent regional healthcare partner. With over 80 medical staff and over 900 employees, its team is dedicated to serving its patients and community with integrity, teamwork, compassion and excellence. For more information about Lake Region Healthcare, visit www.lrhc.org.
    Katie Johnson, VP, Marketing and Communications
    (218) 736-8193
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