SARANAC LAKE The Diabetes Self-Management Education Program at Adirondack Medical Center has been awarded re-accreditation from the American Diabetes Association for a three year period. The program at AMC was originally established in 1996, and was first accredited by ADA in 2002. AMCs Diabetes Self-Management Education Program is a five-week comprehensive course taught by an interdisciplinary team of physicians, a pharmacist, physical therapist, registered nurses, and dietitian/certified diabetes educator Sharon Sorgule. This is the third consecutive time the program has been accredited. This accreditation attests to the dedication, teamwork, and commitment of our teaching team which has made the AMC Diabetes Self Management Education Program such a success, said Sorgulw, who is also the program coordinator. Self-management of diabetes is a critical feature, so its important to have access to people who can guide, coach and instruct people with diabetes in making appropriate lifestyle choices regarding meal planning and exercise, as well as the mechanical skills of management. As the accrediting organization, the ADA develops criteria for program curriculum, organizational structure, mission, goals, qualifications of teaching staff with mandatory continuing education, adequacy of resources, and the establishment of an overseeing advisory committee. Equally important is the fact that the ADA evaluates outcomes from the program to ensure quality for those who participated. Self-management education is an essential component of diabetes treatment. One benefit of compliance with the National Standards is the greater consistency in the quality and quantity of education offered to people with diabetes. Education is so vitally important because a person with diabetes must be responsible for the day-to-day management of the disease due to medication, insulin, self-blood glucose monitoring, exercise and meal planning. Also included in the sessions offered at AMC is valuable information on nutrition, exercise, medications, and prevention of acute and chronic complications. Call 897-2611 for more information about the Diabetes Self-Management Education Program at AMC. The next program begins Wednesday May 14.