Weatherford Democrat

September 8, 2013

Healthy Nutrition Services an accredited diabetes education program

Weatherford Democrat

— Healthy Nutrition Services LLC was recently named an accredited diabetes education program by the American Association of Diabetes Educators.

This will allow residents in and around Parker County and Fort Worth increased access to critical diabetes education services.

Diabetes education as 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. It is provided by diabetes educators.

Healthy Nutrition Services LLC, located in Willow Park, will be offering diabetes education classes at Oak Ridge Church of Christ on Thursdays starting in September.  Call Elizabeth Neumann at 817-995-4677 or email for additional class information.

Elizabeth Neumann, registered dietitian, and Cheryl Leavell, registered nurse, are excited about offering the community of Parker Country an opportunity for diabetes education in a small group setting. Their hope is to provide individuals the tools for education empowerment so that they can manage their diabetes and not for diabetes to control them.  

Uncontrolled diabetes can damage nerves and blood vessels resulting in heart disease, stroke and kidney disease. Participating in a diabetes education program can prevent or slow down the devastating complication of diabetes by 58 percent. 

“Trends show that diabetes education is moving out of the hospital and into the community, so AADE’s accreditation program was created, in part, to encourage diabetes education where the patient is seeking care,” said Leslie E. Kolb, RN, BSN, MBA, program director for the Diabetes Education Accreditation Program. “Healthy Nutrition Services LLC is exactly the type of program we envisioned when we set up our accreditation program in 2009.”