Diabetes Education at Midland Memorial Hospital is an important part of your care. Our goal is to reduce the risks of developing the long-term complications associated with diabetes through patient and family education. A dedicated diabetes educator is available who will visit with you about your diabetes and work with you and your family to manage the disease during your hospital stay. If needed, the educator will follow-up with you after your stay.
THE DIABETES AND NUTRITION LEARNING CENTER
The Diabetes and Nutrition Learning Center is a MMH outpatient service that provides diabetes self-management education and medical nutrition therapy for individuals with diabetes or others who have nutrition-related concerns.
Diabetes Self-Management Training (DSMT)
This program is designed for individuals with diabetes. DSMT is a series of classes designed to provide an in-depth understanding of diabetes. We perform an initial assessment, followed by three classes and one or two follow up appointments.
Class 1: Overview of Diabetes and Monitoring: What is diabetes, types of diabetes, risk factors for diabetes, grocery shopping, label reading, diabetes management goals and monitoring. We can help you obtain a blood glucose monitor and provide instruction on how to use the monitor.
Class 2: All About Nutrition: How foods affect blood sugar, portion control, and carbohydrate counting. You receive a personalized meal plan during this class.
Class 3: Exercise, Medications, Reducing Risks, Coping, and Problem Solving: We review meal planning with an emphasis on dining out and heart healthy eating. You will be given a fast food guide to eating. We discuss diabetes medications and your plan of care.
Wednesday Morning Class Schedules:
9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
January 8, 15, 22
February 5, 12, 19
March 5, 12, 19
Tuesday Evening Class Schedules:
6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
January 7, 14, 21
February 4, 11, 18
March 4, 11, 18
Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT)
MNT is an individual appointment with a registered dietitian to discuss nutritional concerns and receive and individualized meal plan for patients with diabetes. We also provide nutrition counseling for weight loss, heart health and more. Please call to schedule an individual appointment.
New! Diabetes Screenings
Midland Community Healthcare Services hosts monthly diabetes screenings. Bring your family and loved ones!
Could you or someone you know have diabetes? Common symptoms of diabetes:
- Urinating often
- Blurry Vision
- Feeling very thirsty
- Cuts and bruises that are slow to heal
- Extreme fatigue
- Tingling, pain or numbness in hands or feet
When: Screenings take place every 2nd Saturday
Time: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Where: Coleman Clinic Lobby
801 W. Florida
Midland, TX 79701
Or call the Diabetes and Nutrition Learning Center for more information on upcoming community screenings.
New! Diabetes Support Group
Midland County Library, Centennial Branch 2503 W. Loop 250
Meets every 3rd Thursday from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
No December meeting
Diabetes Support Group for Spanish Speakers
Casa de Amigos, 1101 Garden Lane
Meets every 3rd Thursday from 2-3 p.m.
Facilitated by: Sarah Muniz, RD, LD
No December Meeting
New! Prediabetes Classes - This is a one time class offered on these dates:
January 21, March 11, May 20, July 8, September 9
Midland County Library, Centennial Branch Classroom, 2503 W. Loop 250
Have you been told that your blood sugar is a "little high" or that you have prediabetes or impaired fasting glucose? Then this class is for you. Learn how you can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes. No charge.
To learn more about diabetes, join a support group or sign up for a class, please call (432) 221-3045.
Diabetes and Nutrition Learning Center
Midland Memorial Hospital West Campus
4214 Andrews Highway, Suite 101
Midland, Texas 79703
Rhonda K. Carr, RD, LD, CDE-Diabetes/Nutrition Manager
Tiffany Ragon, BSN, RN - Diabetes Educator
Jessica Theimer, RDN, LD - Diabetes Educator
Opportunities for children with diabetes.
Camp Sweeney - Gainesville, TX
Winter Break – December 27-January 1
For more information: /Resources/15365/FileRepository/Camp Sweeney.pdf
Camp Sweeney is now accepting children with type 1 and type 2 diabetes and children who are insulin resistant and children who are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes due to obesity.
Texas Lions Camp – Kerrville, TX
Texas Lions Camp for Children with Diabetes is specifically designed for children between the ages of eight and fifteen and have type 1 diabetes.
Camp dates: July 27-August 2, 2014
August 3-August 9, 2014
For more information: http://www.lionscamp.com/default.html