If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, that is all the time you need to start getting informed, motivated and inspired to move forward in your life ? with the help of Laurie Osier, RDN, Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES) in Aspen Valley Hospital’s Diabetes Education Program.
“Diabetes can be a very emotional diagnosis. Many patients come to us feeling scared, guilty or confused,” Osier said. “Our goal is to meet people where they are and empower them with information and resources to live long, strong and healthy with diabetes.”
Established in 1999 and recognized by the American Diabetes Association, AVH’s Diabetes Education Program offers comprehensive self-management, education and support services for people living with all types of diabetes—and those with pre-diabetes working on prevention. Diabetes treatment and technologies are rapidly evolving, so regular visits with a certified diabetes care and education specialist are vital for the best health outcomes.
Typically, Osier meets with first-time patients for about an hour to learn about their concerns, questions and goals. This is followed by two or three additional visits during the next six months, gradually educating patients about healthy eating and meal planning, physical activity, medication use and the latest diabetes technologies. Ultimately, most patients shift to having annual check-ins with Osier so together they can review treatment plans, challenges and progress toward goals.
“Being proactive and learning skills is key,” Osier said. “By managing diabetes effectively, you can reduce your healthcare costs and your risk of complications while feeling confident about your care and your future.”
Diabetes Education Program offerings, in Aspen and Basalt, include:
- Type 1 Diabetes – Insulin BASICS
- Type 2 Diabetes – BASICS Program
- Gestational Diabetes – BASICS Program
- Pre-diabetes – Preventing T2 Program
- Continuous Glucose Monitor Program (CGM)
Professional CGM is an exciting addition to the program’s offerings, allowing people with diabetes to experience and experiment with new technologies.
To register for our Diabetes Education Program, call 970.544.7394 (Spanish: 970.544.1543). Programs are offered in Aspen and Basalt, and we accept Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance. To learn more, visit our Diabetes Education page or Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Tips.