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KentuckyCare obtains accreditation to offer diabetes education program

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KentuckyCare Chronic Care Management Program was recently named an accredited diabetes education program by the American Association of Diabetes Educators. This will allow residents in and around Paducah increased access to diabetes education services.

"Trends show that diabetes education is moving out of the hospital and into the community, so AADE's accreditation program was created, in part, to encourage diabetes education where the patient is seeking care," said Leslie E. Kolb, director of the Diabetes Education Accreditation Program. "The Kentucky Care Chronic Care Management Program is exactly the type of program we envisioned when we set up our accreditation program in 2009."

Diabetes education helps people with diabetes or at risk for diabetes to modify behavior and self-manage the disease and its related conditions. Education is provided by trained diabetes educators.

"This education is not just a diet, but a lifestyle change to improve quality of life. We individualize each person's plan of care to meet their needs and address the day to day barriers of living with diabetes," said Chelsea Watkins, registered and licensed dietitian.

KentuckyCare is located at 125 S. 20th St. in Paducah. The diabetes center will be offering diabetes education classes beginning in May.

Call Holly Ballard at 270-349-6208 for additional information.

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