Almost 24 million people have diabetes in the United States today and another
57 million are at risk – that’s one out of every four Americans.
While diabetes is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States,
the most commonly diagnosed form of the disease (Type 2 diabetes) can
be controlled or even prevented with proper nutrition and exercise.
Educating those who have the disease and those who are at risk is the
goal of Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus's (MMCSC) Diabetes
Education Program. Recently awarded the prestigious
American Diabetes Association (ADA) Education Recognition Certificate, our program is now certified by the
ADA as offering the high-quality diabetes self-management education that
is an essential component of effective diabetes treatment.
The program – which is taught by certified diabetic educators who
are also registered nurses and dieticians – helps those with diabetes
understand the disease and teaches them how to manage it. Participants
receive assistance with glucose monitors, can get nutritional advice along
with meal planning and learn about available treatment options. MMCSC
also provides gestational diabetes information as well as pediatric and
adult medical nutrition therapy.
Diabetes Self-management classes are offered on Thursdays from 10am to
noon at MMCSC. A prescription for diabetes education and nutritional counseling
from your physician is required. The fee for this service is often covered
by insurance and Medicare.
All sessions are held at The Center for Healthy Living, located at 198
Prospect Street in Lakewood on the Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus.
Registration is required by calling
732.886.4731. All callers should have their insurance information on hand at the time
In addition to the series of education classes, MMCSC also offers free
monthly glucose screenings and free monthly support groups aimed at ensuring
that patients not only understand their condition but play a role in the
control of their illness. For more information on these support groups
and screenings, call