Diabetes Education Center

Keeping diabetes in check means good education, support, resources and skilled medical help.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, diabetes affects 29.1 million Americans. In addition, 86 million people are estimated to have pre-diabetes. Whether a person has been newly diagnosed or living with diabetes his or her entire life, managing diabetes is key to a healthy lifestyle. Even at the pre-diabetes stage, education and support are vital. Be proactive and manage your diabetes from the onset.

The Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers’ Diabetes Education Center is accredited through the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE). The diabetes educators are dedicated to helping individuals overcome their challenges with diabetes through healthy eating, physical activity, maintaining a healthy weight, and medication management education. Whether living with prediabetes, gestational diabetes, type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes, the Diabetes Education Center will help design a lifestyle routine that is unique to each individual’s diabetes.

The Morris Hospital Diabetes Education Center offers one-on-one counseling and education, as well as group classes with our diabetes educators. This includes seeing the nurse educator and dietitian. Appointments are accepted with a physician order. In addition, several types of group diabetes education programs and support are offered.

For additional information or questions, please call the Morris Hospital diabetes educators at: 815-705-7367 or 815-705-7527.

One-on-One Diabetes Education

One-on-one diabetes education is offered for pre-diabetes, gestational diabetes, type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, medication administration and instruction, blood glucose monitoring, insulin pump therapy and all other diabetes-related care. Appointments are accepted with a physician order. The education includes appointments with the nurse educator and dietitian. Fees apply; costs may be covered by insurance.

Group Sessions

Group sessions are offered and include a series of classes with dynamic and interactive education.

Diabetes Education Classes

These classes spotlight different guest speakers and topics to help you in your journey with diabetes. Speakers may include physicians, dietitians, nurses, pharmacists and exercise specialists. Classes are offered monthly (except July and December) from 6-7 p.m. Please follow this link for dates and times. (Free)

Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM)

CGM can be used by individuals with diabetes who would like better glucose control to improve their health and quality of life. Physicians can use the data from the sensor to identify problem areas and evaluate changes needed in the treatment plan. Fees apply; costs may be covered by insurance.

Diabetes Screenings

Each November, free diabetes screenings are available for your family members to check for diabetes.