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Joslin Center’s education program recognized

New Britain [May 07 2008] - The American Diabetes Association recently awarded continued education recognition of the diabetes self-management program to the Joslin Diabetes Center Affiliate at The Hospital of Central Connecticut.

Recognition, valid for three years, assures that approved patient education programs have met National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs. Joslin staff members teach patients with diabetes self-care skills as part of their treatment plans. The Joslin education program at The Hospital of Central Connecticut was originally recognized in 1999.

“We are very pleased that the Joslin Diabetes Center has once again received this recognition for continued education, as it reflects the high quality of our patients’ educational program,” says Karen McAvoy, R.N., M.S.N., CDE, Joslin education coordinator.

Among educational topics covered at Joslin are diabetes disease process; nutritional management; physical activity; medications; blood glucose monitoring and use of results; foot, skin and dental care; and prevention, detection and treatment of acute and long-term complications. Joslin instructors include certified diabetes educators (registered dietitians and registered nurses), exercise physiologists and a social worker.

According to the association, over 20 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes. The Joslin Diabetes Center Affiliate at The Hospital of Central Connecticut provides individualized care for people 16 and older with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, as well as pregnant women with diabetes. For more information about Joslin at The Hospital of Central Connecticut, go to

Contact: Kimberly Gensicki, 860-224-5900, ext. 6507

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