The Center for Health Promotion’s diabetes program located in both
Brea and Santa Ana has been awarded continued recognition from the American
Diabetes Association. This is a high achievement in diabetes care and
demonstrates that the program offers high quality education services to
the patients it serves. Programs that achieve recognition status have
knowledgeable health professionals (such as CDE’s, RD’s and
RN’s) who can provide state-of-the-art information about diabetes
management for their participants.
Self-management education is an essential component to diabetes treatment.
A program achieving the national standard has greater consistency in the
quality and quantity of education offered to people with diabetes. Participants
in the program learn self-care skills that will help them better manage
their diabetes and reduce risk of complications. Unnecessary hospital
admissions for acute or chronic complications can be prevented through
this type of self-management education, as well as improved quality of life.
The Center for Health Promotion teaches their classes in fun and interactive
sessions. “We do not lecture to patients," states
Susan Watkins, RD, CDE, the program manager. “We use guided conversation and discussion
on important topics." Maps and cards are also used as a fun way to
learn and illustrate information effectively. “When you make it
interactive, patients can learn and connect with each other, and we have
seen many friendships brew as a result of our program," states Watkins.
A recent patient Gabe, referred by Dr. Jonathan Anderson, attended the
program this summer. He lost 20 pounds, and his A1C went from 8.5 to 5.3,
fasting glucose from 305 to 126, and his cholesterol levels dropped dramatically
during the program. He feels better than ever and is grateful he had this
program to help him learn positive life changes to manage his condition.
He states that he is forever grateful to his doctor for sending him to
this program and to his dietitian for all of her education and support!
For more information about this diabetes program call:
Brea: (714) 618-9500
Santa Ana: (714) 628-3242
This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical
care. Always follow your healthcare professional's instructions.