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Diabetes Education Center

physician and patient 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.

 



Location

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.

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

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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 www.kidney.org.

 

Diabetes Education Seminar
Seminar providing information about different aspects of diabetes.

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.


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