Diabetes Care

Wellmont Health System’s Diabetes Treatment Centers – the region’s only hospital-based diabetes programs recognized by the American Diabetes Association – understand that effective management of diabetes involves both medical treatment and educational resources.

The Diabetes Treatment Centers offer a wide range of diabetes resources and classes to help patients understand diabetes, learn how to monitor their blood glucose levels and explain the importance of proper nutrition, exercise and foot care.

Wellmont and the Diabetes Treatment Centers also provide online tools for diabetes prevention and services through the Project Diabetes Online Resources and Diabetes Alert websites.

Project Diabetes Online Resources

The Project Diabetes Online Resources website offers tools to help entire families learn about diabetes and how to help prevent it.

The Project Diabetes Online Resources website features:

  • Diabetes videos explaining factors that can cause diabetes and the different types of diabetes
  • Built-in assessment tools to assist in determining diabetes risk factors
  • Resources to learn about getting fit and eating better
  • Information on diabetes screenings and classes

For more information or to take advantage of these and other resources, visit the Project Diabetes Online Resources website at familiesagainstdiabetes.com.

Diabetes Alert window stickers

Diabetes Alert is a free community benefit program of Wellmont Health System. Started as a collaborative initiative in 2009, the program was conceived to help inform law enforcement officials that a person on the road or in an automobile accident may be experiencing a diabetic emergency. If an automobile displays the Diabetes Alert window sticker, law enforcement officers realize that a diabetic emergency is possible.

Local and state law enforcement and regulatory agencies – including the Governor’s Council on Highway Safety and the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police – have embraced and continue to support the Diabetes Alert window sticker program.

To learn more or to get a Diabetes Alert window sticker, visit the Diabetes Alert website at mydiabetesalert.com.

What’s On Your Plate? tray liners

Patients at five Wellmont hospitals can receive a liner on their meal tray that provides beneficial information about which healthy foods and portion sizes to incorporate in their diets.

The tray liner details the MyPlate concept, which is based on guidelines from the federal government and tells people to divide a plate into three sections. It recommends half of the plate be filled with nonstarchy items, such as a salad, green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, carrots and tomatoes. One quarter of the plate should contain protein foods, such as fish, chicken, eggs, tofu and lean red meat, and the other quarter should be set aside for starchy foods, such as noodles, brown rice, corn, beans and potatoes.

This program can be used for all meals and snacks. Some possible options include cooked cereal, such as oatmeal, grits, hominy or cream of wheat, and low-fat crackers and chips, as well as pretzels and fat-free popcorn.

Community education and partnerships

Staff members from the Diabetes Treatment Centers regularly visit organizations and events throughout Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. Diabetes educators and guest speakers frequently present at:

  • Civic organizations
  • On-site employee programs
  • Senior centers
  • Churches
  • Schools
  • Health fairs

To learn more about arranging a group diabetes education program, please call 423-844-2950 or 423-224-3575. For information about existing community screenings and other programs, search the Wellmont Nurse Connection list of diabetes classes and screening dates.

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