UF Health Diabetes Education Program
Newly diagnosed with diabetes? We’re here for you.
Diabetes affects nearly 30 million Americans, and an estimated 86 million are at high risk for developing the disease. The good news: as much as 80 percent of Type 2 diabetes is preventable by changing eating habits, increasing physical activity and making healthy lifestyle choices.
The UF Health Diabetes Education Program empowers individuals to take control of their Type 2 diabetes through comprehensive educational programming to help manage and treat the disease.
Many people do not become aware that they have diabetes until they develop one of its complications such as kidney disease, nerve damage, and heart disease. However, through the use of educational tools for healthy eating, exercise and medication, leading a happy and healthy life is possible.
With the program’s unique hands on approach, people can improve their quality of life while delaying and preventing complications. The UF Health Diabetes Self-Management Education Program is recognized by the American Diabetes Association for Quality Self-Management Education.
Our program begins with a one-on-one individual clinical consultation with a UF Health certified diabetes educator. Then, participants attend a series of self-management and diabetes nutrition education classes led by nurses, dietitians, and other allied healthcare professionals. Assessment and treatment of all complications are also covered.
Visit 1: Assessment and Introduction to Diabetes (one hour individual appointment)
Visit 2: Diabetes Management Overview and Nutrition Strategies (4 hour group session)
Visit 3: Diabetes Self-Care and Lifestyle (4 hour group session)
Visit 4: Annual Follow-Up Visit (2 hour individual appointment)
Adults can be referred to the program by their primary care physician or endocrinologist. Courses are taught by certified diabetes educators and other UF Health professionals.
If you are a UF Health provider and would like to refer patients, please fill out the UF Health Diabetes Education Program Referral Form. The program is covered by most insurance policies if the patient is referred by a physician. Financial counselors will work with patients and their insurance companies regarding payment.
If you are a community provider and would like to refer to our services, please feel free to contact us and will be more than happy to assist you. For more information, click here or call 352-265-8458.
Kathryn Parker, R.D., L.D./N
Ms. Parker serves as the program manager for the UF Health Diabetes Self Management Education program and is a continuing education specialist. Since 1992, she has also been a consultant for the city of Gainesville, where she is the coordinator of the city’s wellness program, LifeQuest. The success of this wellness program earned a top forty national ranking from the Center for Disease Control, as well as attention from Walt Disney World representatives interested in replicating LifeQuest for their 60,000+ employees worldwide. Ms. Parker began her career as the first dietitian on payroll for the UF Athletic Department where her work earned her a position with the US Olympic Track and Field team for the 1992 games.