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ValleyCare Diabetes Education Program Merits ADA Recognition

Hospital news | Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Contact: Denise Bouillerce

Pleasanton, CA – ValleyCare Diabetes and Nutrition Education Program recently received the prestigious American Diabetes Association Education Recognition Certificate for a quality diabetes self-management program. The ADA believes ValleyCare's program, originally recognized in 2002, offers high-quality education that is an essential component in effective diabetes treatment.

The ADA's Education Recognition Certificate assures that educational programs meet the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs. These Standards were originally developed and tested under the auspices of the National Diabetes Advisory Board in 1983 and revised by the diabetes community in 1994, 2000 and 2007.

Programs apply for this Recognition on a voluntary basis, and those that achieve Recognition status have a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who can provide participants with comprehensive diabetes management information. "The process gives professionals a national standard by which to measure the quality of services they provide," comments ValleyCare Clinical Nutrition Manager Heidi Kiehl, MS, RS, CNSC.

According to the American Diabetes Association, more than 25.8 million Americans have diabetes. While an estimated 18.8 million have been diagnosed, 7 million people are not aware they have the disease. Unfortunately, many will first learn they have diabetes when they are treated for a life-threatening complication such as heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness and/or nerve disease/amputation. It is the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S. and those with diabetes have twice the risk of death than those of similar age without the disease.

For more information on ValleyCare's Diabetes and Nutrition Education Program, visit www.valleycare.com or call 925.416.6710.