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Pardee’s Perspectives Diabetes Education Program earns American Diabetes Association Recognition

The American Diabetes Association Education Recognition Certificate was recently awarded to Pardee's Perspectives Diabetes Education Program. This speaks to the high-quality diabetes self-management education offered by this program as an essential diabetes treatment.

The American Diabetes Association's (ADA) Education Recognition Certificate assures that educational programs meet the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs. Programs apply for Recognition voluntarily and those that achieve Recognition status include a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who can provide participants with comprehensive information about diabetes management. Education Recognition status is verified by an official certificate from the ADA and awarded for four years.

"The process gives professionals a national standard by which to measure the quality of services they provide and assures the consumer that he or she will likely receive high quality service," says Nina Lovern, BSN, RN-BC, CDE, Perspectives Diabetes Program Coordinator at Pardee.

According to the ADA, there are 29 million people in the United States who have diabetes. While an estimated 22 million were diagnosed in 2012, 7.0 million people are not aware that they have this disease. Each day approximately 5,205 people are diagnosed with diabetes. Many will first learn that they have diabetes when they are treated for one of its life-threatening complications – heart disease and stroke, kidney disease, blindness, and nerve disease and amputation. Overall, the risk for death among people with diabetes is about twice that of people of similar age but without diabetes.

The American Diabetes Association is the nation's leading non-profit health organization supporting diabetes research, advocacy and information for health professionals, patients and the public. Founded in 1940, the Association has an area office in every state and conducts programs in communities nationwide. Visit www.diabetes.org to learn more about the American Diabetes Association.

Pardee's Perspectives Diabetes Education Program meets national standards for diabetes self-management education and offers group and individualized education and guidance by Certified Diabetes Educators. At Perspectives, patients discover the seven key behaviors that promote successful self-management: healthy eating, staying active, self-monitoring, taking medications, problem solving, reducing risks and healthy coping. For more information about Pardee or to find a physician, call 1-866-790-WELL (9355) or visit www.pardeehospital.org.

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