Learn How to Manage Your Diabetes
The Granite YMCA's Diabetes Education & Support Program (DSMES) has achieved the significant milestone of accreditation by the Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists (ADCES). Accreditation represents a high level of quality and service to the community, and the ability to better meet the needs of Medicare recipients and others affected by diabetes in New Hampshire.
“DSMES is recommended for adults with type 1, type 2 or gestational diabetes, and provides information and skills for people to manage their diabetes and related conditions,” said Cindy Lafond, Association Director of Health Interventions at The Granite YMCA. "The program covers detailed information on nutrition, exercise, monitoring, medications, community resources, and stress management. The bottom line is that people who have the information and support they need to manage their diabetes, are healthier than those who do not.”
Diabetes education services utilize a collaborative process through which people with or at risk for diabetes work with a diabetes educator to receive individualized care to help them reach their health goals. Diabetes education is a covered Medicare benefit when delivered through an accredited program.
The program, located currently at the YMCA of Downtown Manchester (30 Mechanic Street, Manchester, NH), will be offering ongoing diabetes education sessions. Classes meet for one hour each week over the course of eight weeks. DSMES plans to expand virtually and to other branches of The Granite YMCA in Goffstown, Londonderry, Concord, Portsmouth, and Rochester in the near future.
“Evidence shows diabetes education and support is helping people with diabetes to lower their A1c’s and obtain the knowledge and skills to better self-manage their condition,” said Sacha Uelmen, Director of Accreditation at ADCES. “That is why we need programs like The Granite YMCA’s Diabetes Education & Support Program to make these services available in their community.”
ADCES is a National Accredited Organization (NAO) for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Accredited programs must meet the 2017 National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support; 10 standards that are revised every 5 years by a group of diabetes educators representing both ADCES and the American Diabetes Association and approved by CMS. Programs must maintain compliance with the Standards during the 4-year accreditation cycle.
For more information about The Granite YMCA’s Diabetes Education & Support Program, visit www.graniteymca.org/health-intervention-programs or contact Cindy Lafond at 603.232.8668 or email email@example.com.
ADCES, formerly known as the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE), is a multi-disciplinary professional membership organization dedicated to improving diabetes care through innovative education, management and support. With more than 14,000 professional members including nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, exercise specialists, and others, ADCES has a vast network of practitioners working with people who have, are affected by or are at risk for diabetes. Learn more at www.diabeteseducator.org, or visit us on Facebook (Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists), Twitter (@ADCESdiabetes) and Instagram (@ADCESdiabetes).
About The Granite YMCA
As one of the state’s longest standing and most enduring non-profits, The Granite YMCA focuses on youth development, healthy living, social responsibility, and family strengthening. Across the state, its six branches engage 30,000 men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to improve their health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. In 2020, The Granite YMCA provided financial assistance and free services valued at just over $1 million to 5,144 individuals. To learn more, please visit www.graniteymca.org.