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Programs & Support

Call 616.252.8339 for more information or to register for any of our diabetes education programs.

Diabetes Self-Management Training

This program focuses on factors that influence blood sugar levels, meal planning, management techniques, medications, preventing additional health complications, exercise, dietary guidelines, and more.

It is taught by a registered dietitian and a registered nurse who are both certified diabetes educators. Education is available for all people with Type 1, Type 2, or pre-diabetes.

Personalized instruction is also available for individuals with diabetes during pregnancy, language barriers, or other specific needs.

The program is taught in a series of five classes for a total of five hours of instruction. It is offered during day and evening hours at various locations throughout West Michigan.

Registration is required, and you must have a doctor’s order to take part. There is a fee, but many insurance companies will cover the cost.

Prediabetes Education Classes

These free classes offer a great opportunity to learn more about the early stages of diabetes and what you can do to prevent it.

Diabetes Prevention Program

This highly effective program focuses on lifestyle changes and requires a one-year commitment.

UM Health-West is one of only a few organizations in the area chosen by the CDC to provide this innovative program. Participants at high risk for type 2 diabetes meet with a trained lifestyle coach for 16 weeks and six monthly follow-up sessions.

It’s free-of-charge, but you must meet certain criteria. Call 616.252.8339 to find out if you qualify.