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Diabetes Education Center

Diabetes Education Center

HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley’s Diabetes Education Center is committed to providing individuals with the skills and knowledge to manage diabetes and prevent diabetic complications. The Diabetes Education Center is also a community resource center where we host trainings and educational programs and offer information resources for our community to learn about diabetes. Our Diabetes Educational Program is recognized by the American Diabetes Association for meeting its high-educational standards and for offering quality self-management diabetes education.


Diabetes Education Center
37 Albany Avenue
Kingston, NY 12401
Phone: 845.334.4249

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Meet the Diabetes Team who are here to assist you in achieving the knowledge and skills necessary to manage your diabetes.

Miranda Aitken, MS, RNC, CDE
Certified Diabetes Educator
Program Coordinator

Jaclyn Meyer, MS, RDN, CDN, CDE
Diabetes Educator

Cynthia Bell
Program Assistant

For any questions or to schedule an appointment please contact the Program Assistant at 845.334.4249 ext. 1.
Monday – Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Appointments are scheduled Monday – Friday. Saturday appointments are also available.

At the Diabetes Education Center, the Certified Diabetes Educator specializes in self management classes, individualized and group sessions focusing on many aspects relating to diabetes, including:

  • Individual assessment    
  • A description of the diabetes disease process and treatments
  • Nutritional management and counseling
  • Blood glucose monitoring — goals and the use of meters
  • Diabetes medications — oral and insulin administration    
  • Exercise Psychosocial adjustment
  • Short-term and long-term complications
  • Setting personal goals to improve health
  • Pregnancy and diabetes
  • Other topics based on individual needs
  • Free monthly support groups

The Diabetes Education Center also offers education and training to adults and teens with Type 1, Type 2 or gestational diabetes. Insulin pump and sensor training is also provided.

Outpatient Chronic Kidney Disease Medical Nutrition Therapy

The Dialysis and Diabetes Education Center is now providing outpatient Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT). The therapy is located at the Center, 37 Albany Avenue, Kingston, NY.

For more information or to schedule an appointment with a Registered Dietitian, contact Cynthia Bell at 845.334.4249 ext. 1.

You can also visit the National Kidney Foundation’s website at

Diabetes Support Group and Education Seminar

Free monthly support group and seminar providing information about different aspects of diabetes.

Connect with people in your community that understand what you face with diabetes. 

Come for the company, helpful information and the expertise of guest speakers and our own diabetes educators.

Friends and family members welcome.

Held the third Wednesday of every month from 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the Diabetes Education Center, 37 Albany Avenue, Kingston, NY. 

For more information or to register to attend, contact Cynthia Bell at 845.334.4249 ext. 1.

For all 2019 group dates, view our online calendar.  


Basic I - Introduction to Diabetes

  • What is Diabetes and how is it diagnosed
  • Lab management and goals for blood sugars
  • Low blood sugar and high blood sugar
  • The importance of performing blood sugar testing

Basic II - Diabetes and Nutrition

  • What foods affect blood sugar levels
  • Meal planning
  • Carbohydrate counting
  • How to find a whole grain
  • Label reading utilizing food models and labels

Basic III - Diabetes and Maintaining Your Blood Sugar

  • Stress and Diabetes
  • BMI discussion
  • Exercise and physical activity
  • Hands on training provided for the following:
  • Proper testing techniques
  • How to obtain a sample of blood
  • Utilizing the lancing device
  • Disposal of the lancets
  • Care of the meter which includes coding the meter and the control solution

Basic IV - Lifestyle

  • The possible long term complications
  • Personal healthcare issues
  • Setting goals
  • Overcoming roadblocks to healthy eating, reaching and maintaining a healthy weight, emergency preparedness, stress and emotions
  • Diabetes medications
  • Sick day guidelines

Basic V - Supermarket Tour

  • Virtual tour provided through the supermarket
  • Discussion including carbohydrate counting, label reading and portion control
  • Education provided on how to find a whole grain, increase fibers, and how to avoid trans fats and limit saturated fats
  • Learn about the new guidelines for sodium intake