The program is provided in 10 hours over the first year of education. First you will receive a 1-hour individual needs assessment. Then you will receive 4 two-hour group classes:
- Class 1: What You Need to Know About Diabetes
- Class 2: Nutrition and Psycho-Social Impacts
- Class 3: Exercise and Medication
- Class 4: Complications and Healthy Behaviors
After your first year of education, you are eligible to participate in two additional hours of Diabetes Education each year thereafter. Classes are held at all of The Villages Health Care Center locations.
Diabetes Education Costs:
- Many accepted Medicare Advantage plans pays for 100% of Diabetes Education.
- Medicare covers 80% of program costs and patient/supplemental insurance is responsible for remaining 20%.
- BlueCross BlueShield commercial and United commercial insurance coverage is based on plan benefits.
- A self-pay option is also available for other commercial insurance members.
For more information or to sign-up, please call 352-674-1770.
Diabetes Education Program
The Villages Health Diabetes Education Program has been recognized by the American Diabetes Association for Quality Self-Management Education* and Support. This is the only accredited diabetes program in this region.
*The American Diabetes Association recognizes this education service as meeting the national standards for diabetes self-management, education and support.
Diabetes Prevention Program
We are proud to be one of only four organizations in Florida (and one of only 121 out of 1,451 nationwide) to have received full recognition status by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Our program demonstrated outcome metrics at or above the CDC’s strict standards for the last two years to earn this honor.
Initial Assessment Paperwork
After scheduling your appointment with our Diabetes Educator, please click here to complete your initial paperwork prior to your first appointment.