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Published on May 17, 2018

UNC Lenoir Health Care Diabetes Education Program reaccredits its Medicare Certified Diabetes Self-Management Education program through AADE

Kinston, NC  — UNC Lenoir Health Care Diabetes Education Program has recently renewed its status as an accredited diabetes education program by the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE), a National Accredited Organization (NAO), certified by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). This allows the people with diabetes in and around Lenoir County increased access to high quality diabetes education services.

Diabetes education is a collaborative process through which people with or at risk for diabetes gain the knowledge and skills needed to modify behavior and successfully self-manage the disease and its related conditions. The program is comprehensive and taught by diabetes educators who have extensive training.  “Lenoir County has a high incidence of people with diabetes or at risk of developing diabetes. We offer self-management education which covers the 7 healthy behaviors of diabetes shown to improve glucose control.  Our program offers the opportunity for people with diabetes  to build the skills needed to manage their disease through positive changes in lifestyle, including eating and exercise habits,” said Sandra Midyette, RN, CDE.

“AADE’s accreditation assures that an accredited program meets the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support.  Programs who meet this criteria are considered high quality and have been shown to improve the health status of the individuals who embrace the education and help to modify sometimes unhealthy behaviors, or simply provide the education that the person with diabetes has not previously received” said Leslie E. Kolb, RN, BSN, MBA, Accreditation Director for the Diabetes Education Accreditation Program.  UNC Lenoir Health Care Diabetes Education Program is exactly the type of program we envisioned when we set up our accreditation in 2009.”