Diabetes Self-Management Education & Training

Twin Cities Hospital Diabetes Self-Management Education Program is certified by the American Diabetes Association and is located in the Wellness Center. Our registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator will provide individual assessment and group education opportunities to help you manage your diabetes.

Our program includes:

  • Individual evaluation
  • Blood glucose management training
  • Nutritional counseling and meal planning
  • Medication/insulin administration instruction
  • Complication prevention and intervention
  • Lifestyle education for weight loss, healthy eating, stress management, physical activity and smoking cessation

Diabetes Prevention Program

The Twin Cities Hospital Diabetes Self-Management Education and Training program accepts Medicare and most insurance plans when education is recommended by your physician. Simply ask your physician for a referral and call (850) 729-9480 to schedule an appointment.

Twin Cities Hospital is also pleased to provide the National Diabetes Prevention Program. This program is aimed at helping individuals reduce their risk of getting type 2 diabetes through weight loss, healthy eating, physical activity, and stress management. The Diabetes Prevention research study showed making modest behavior changes helped participants lose 5-7% of their body weight cutting their risk of Type 2 Diabetes by 58%. A registered dietitian will lead each of the 16 weekly core sessions as well as each monthly follow-up thereafter.

Eligibility requirements for the program:

  1. You are 18 years of age or older and have a body mass index (BMI) of ≥24 kg/m2 (≥22 kg/m2, if Asian).
  2. You have had a recent (within the past year) blood test (may be self-reported) diagnosis prediabetes, or a history of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), according to one of the following specifications:
    1. Fasting glucose of 100 to 125 mg/dl
    2. Plasma glucose measured 2 hours after a 75 gm glucose load of 140to 199 mg/dl
    3. A1c of 5.7 to 6.4
    4. Clinically diagnosed GDM during a previous pregnancy (may be self-reported)
  3. Without a positive blood test or history of GDM, eligibility will depend on the positive screening of prediabetes and risk of Type 2.

To see if you are at risk, follow these links:

CDC Prediabetes Screening Test

Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test

A referral is not required by a physician to participate in The Diabetes Prevention Program; however, the cost of the program may be covered by some insurances when referred by a physician. Simply ask your physician for a referral and call (850) 729-9480 to schedule an appointment.

Nutritional Counseling

In addition to the Diabetes Self-Management Education and Diabetes Prevention Program, Twin Cities Hospital also provides Nutritional Counseling. Available with a physician referral, you can meet with our registered dietitian for various medical therapies such as:

  • Digestive disorders obesity
  • Heart disease
  • Obesity
  • Other related matters

Our registered dietitian will work with you to provide guidance, education, and encouragement to meet your health goals, address dietary restrictions, and improve you and your family's overall health and nutrition.