Learn how to manage your diabetes with Clemson, Extension, Prisma health education programsClemson news

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Diabetes affects one in seven adults in South Carolina, according to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. Clemson University and Prisma Health have worked together for four years to educate the community about the disease, help patients manage it, and encourage others to prevent its onset.

The Clemson Department of Public Health Sciences, Clemson Cooperative Extension and Prisma Health offer three community education programs related to the prevention and management of type 1 and 2 diabetes. The diabetes prevention program, Health Extension for Diabetes and Know Diabetes By Heart each offer tips for healthy eating, physical activity, stress reduction, and more as part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Health Extension for Diabetes and the Diabetes Prevention Program were initially funded in 2017 by the Greenville Health Authority. Since then, the two programs have reached more than 740 people across South Carolina. These online and in-person programs have spread beyond Greenville County, reaching people living in 16 of the state’s 46 counties.

As of January 2021, more than 350 people have been contacted in the United States and around the world with information through Know Diabetes By Heart.

As part of Diabetes Awareness Month in November, find out about these free resources and how they can help people with or at risk for diabetes.

Diabetes prevention program

The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) is a free one-year lifestyle change program aimed at delaying or preventing the onset of type 2 diabetes. Comprised of group and individual sessions, the program uses a evidence-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) curriculum to provide participants with the knowledge and support to help them lose weight, lead more active lives, eat healthier, and manage the stress. to reduce the risk of developing diabetes. Clemson Extension’s rural health extension workers, who are trained as lifestyle coaches, meet with their DPP group for 22 sessions during the year to learn and help each other make lifestyle changes. healthy lives. For more information contact Melissa Bales at 864-365-0635 or Healthygreenville@clemson.edu.

Health extension for diabetes

Health Extension for Diabetes (HED) is a four-month program recognized by the American Diabetes Association as a practice-tested diabetes support program. HED is intended for people living with type 1 or type 2 diabetes and provides program participants with the knowledge, skills and support to improve their diabetes self-management. In collaboration with Prisma Health-Upstate, Clemson Extension’s rural health outreach workers offer a series of education and support sessions that are currently offered online by Zoom and in person. Program topics include healthy eating, physical activity, stress management, medication, and monitoring. HED is offered to the community free of charge, and individuals can register for future courses here. For more information, contact Danielle McFall at 864-656-8627 or Healthygreenville@clemson.edu.

Know diabetes by heart

Know Diabetes By Heart (KDBH) is a free educational session sponsored by the American Diabetes Association and the American Heart Association. The purpose of this hour-long session is to provide participants with information about the risks of diabetes and heart disease, how to control those risks through healthy lifestyle changes, and how to find solutions. community and clinical resources. The program aims to help participants better understand the link between diabetes and heart disease. Sessions are available online and in person. Registration for the KDBH online sessions can be found at knowdiabetesbyheart.eventbrite.org. For in-person sessions or to learn more, contact Danielle McFall at 864-656-8627 or Healthygreenville@clemson.edu.


the Department of Public Health Sciences is part of the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences (CBSHS) at the University. Established in July 2016, the CBSHS is a 21st century college that combines work in seven disciplines: communication; Feeding with milk; Management of parks, recreation and tourism; Political science; Psychology; Public health sciences; Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice – to continue its mission of “building people and communities” in South Carolina and beyond.

Clemson Extension helps improve the quality of life for all South Carolina residents by providing unbiased, research-based information through a range of public education programs on youth development; agribusiness; Agriculture; food, nutrition and health; and natural resources. With offices in all 46 counties across the state, Extension works to support South Carolina’s $ 42 billion agriculture and forestry industries; strengthen families and communities; improve the management of natural resources and the environment; strengthen the bonds between people and their food; and expose South Carolina’s youth to opportunities in agriculture, science, technology, engineering and math.

Prisma Health is a not-for-profit healthcare company and South Carolina’s largest healthcare system. With nearly 30,000 team members, 18 acute and specialty hospitals, 2,947 beds, approximately 300 outpatient sites, and nearly 5,000 employed and clinically integrated physicians and care providers, Prisma Health serves more than 1 , 2 million unique patients each year in its market area of ​​21 counties. which covers 50% of South Carolina. The goal of Prisma Health is to improve the health of all South Carolinians by improving clinical quality, the patient experience and access to affordable care, as well as by conducting clinical research and training the next generation of healthcare professionals. For more information, visit PrismaHealth.org.

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