Hutchinson diabetes education program recognized

SPONSORED POST – The American Diabetes Association (ADA) Education Recognition Certificate for a quality diabetes self-management education program was awarded to the Hutchinson Health Diabetes Education Program Feb. 1.

Programs that achieve recognition status have a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who can provide participants with comprehensive information about diabetes management.

The ADA Education Recognition Certificate assures that educational programs meet national standards for diabetes self-management education programs. These standards were developed and tested under the auspices of the National Diabetes Advisory Board in 1983 and were revised by the diabetes community in 1994, 2000, 2007, and 2012. Education Recognition status is verified by an official certificate from ADA and awarded for four years.

“The process gives professionals a national standard by which to measure the quality of services they provide,” manager Brenda Birkholz commented. “And, of course, it assures the consumer that he or she will likely receive high-quality service.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 2017 national diabetes statistic report, 30.3 million people in the United States have diabetes (9.4% of the population). While an estimated 23.1 million have been diagnosed, 7.2 million people are not aware that they have this disease.

Many will first learn that they have diabetes when they are treated for one of its life-threatening complications – heart disease and stroke, kidney disease, blindness, and nerve disease and amputation. Each day, more than 3,900 people are diagnosed with diabetes.  About 1.5 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in people aged 18 years or older in 2015. Diabetes continues to be the seventh leading cause of death in the US, contributing to 252,806 deaths in 2015.

The American Diabetes Association is the nation’s leading non-profit health organization supporting diabetes research, advocacy and information for health professionals, patients and the public. Founded in 1940, the Association conducts programs in communities nationwide.

For more information on recognized education programs or other ADA programs, call the ADA office at 1.900. DIABETE (342-2383) or contact the ADA online at

For information on Hutchinson Health’s program, call Brenda Birkholz at (320) 234-5000.


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