Learn how to manage your diabetes with education programs from Clemson, Extension, Prisma Health

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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 this 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 type 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.

The Diabetes Health Extension and Diabetes Prevention Program was originally 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 expanded beyond Greenville County, reaching people living in 16 of the state’s 46 counties.

Since 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, learn more about these free resources and how they can help people with or at risk of diabetes.

Diabetes prevention program

The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) is a free, one-year lifestyle modification program aimed at delaying or preventing the onset of type 2 diabetes. Consisting of group and individual sessions, the program uses an evidence-based program from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide participants with the knowledge and support to help them lose weight, lead a more active lifestyle, eat healthier and manage the stress. to reduce the risk of developing diabetes. Clemson Extension rural health extension workers, who are trained as lifestyle coaches, meet with their DPP group for 22 sessions during the year to learn and support each other to make lifestyle changes healthy. 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 for people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes and provides program participants with the knowledge, skills and support to improve their diabetes self-management. In conjunction with Prisma Health-Upstate, Clemson Extension rural health extension workers are offering a series of education and support sessions that are currently offered online via Zoom and in person. Program topics include healthy eating, physical activity, stress management, medications, and monitoring. HED is offered free to the community, and individuals can register for upcoming 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 education session sponsored by the American Diabetes Association and the American Heart Association. The purpose of this one-hour session is to provide participants with information about the risks of diabetes and heart disease, how to control these risks through healthy lifestyle changes, and how to find 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 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 Undergraduate College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences (CBSHS). Established in July 2016, CBSHS is a 21st century land-grant college that combines work in seven disciplines – Communication; Feeding with milk; parks, recreation and tourism management; Political science; Psychology; public health sciences; Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice – to further 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 an array of youth development public outreach programs; agribusiness; Agriculture; food, nutrition and health; and natural resources. With offices in all 46 counties across the state, Extension works to help support South Carolina’s $42 billion agricultural and forestry industries; strengthen families and communities; improving the management of natural resources and the environment; strengthen the connections between people and their food; and exposing South Carolina youth to opportunities in agriculture, science, technology, engineering, and math.

Prisma Health is a nonprofit health care corporation and the largest health care system in South Carolina. With nearly 30,000 team members, 18 acute and specialty care hospitals, 2,947 beds, approximately 300 outpatient sites, and nearly 5,000 employed and clinically embedded physicians and network providers, Prisma Health serves more than 1, 2 million unique patients per year in its 21-county market area. which covers 50% of South Carolina. Prisma Health’s goal is to improve the health of all South Carolina residents by improving clinical quality, patient experience, and access to affordable care, as well as conducting clinical research and training the next generation of healthcare professionals. For more information, visit PrismaHealth.org.

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