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Diabetes Education Program

The Holy Cross Diabetes Education Program provides education on a full range of lifestyle and clinical issues related to diabetes.

Program education covers the following topics:

  • Diabetes overview
  • Stress and psychological adjustment
  • Family involvement and social support
  • Nutrition
  • Exercise and activity
  • Medications
  • Blood glucose levels
  • Prevention, detection and treatment of acute and chronic complications
  • Foot, skin and dental care
  • Behavior change strategies, goal setting, risk factor reduction and problem solving
  • Benefits, risks and management options for improving glucose control
  • Use of health care systems and community resources
  • Preconception care, pregnancy and gestational diabetes


Instruction is offered in a group setting as three, three-hour classes, taught over a three-week period. Classes are held on Monday evenings and Thursday mornings. In addition to group meetings, class participants meet individually with the registered nurse to learn how to use a blood glucose meter and with the dietitian to discuss food choices.


Upon completion of the course, most class participants are able to self-manage their diabetes on a day-to-day basis, with the assistance of their health care team.

For more information about our diabetes education program, call Linda Nuttall, diabetes educator, at 301-754-7448.

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Holy Cross Hospital | 1500 Forest Glen Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910 | 301-754-7000