Kennedy's Diabetes Health Center provides outpatient training in diabetes care and self-management to people with diabetes, using the expertise of an experienced and highly trained healthcare staff.
Our Program Works!
In fact, Kennedy's comprehensive diabetes education program has been awarded Recognition by the American Diabetes Association following the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs.
According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (CDC), the Kennedy Health System’s Comprehensive Diabetes and Nutrition classes are above the national benchmarks in preventative care.
The Five Categories of Preventive Care
Hemoglobin A1c is a common blood test that shows the patients average blood sugar levels for the past two or three months. It measures how much of the hemoglobin is glycated (coated in sugar).
Patients attending Kennedy Diabetes Education classes, on average, lower their HbA1c by 1.6%.
HbA1c should be checked more than 2 times per year.
Between 81-100% of the diabetic population who attend Kennedy’s Diabetes Education classes have HbA1c testing done twice a year.
- Foot Exams
Yearly foot exams are very important to detect any loss of sensation in the feet, ulcers, sores, or infections.
Patients attending Kennedy’s comprehensive Diabetes Education classes have a 15.5% higher rate of receiving annual foot exams.
- Eye Exams
Yearly eye exams are recommended. Diabetics are at a higher risk of becoming blind than the average person. Other eye complications are common with diabetes.
Patients attending Kennedy’s Comprehensive Diabetes Education classes also have a 23.3%higher rate of receiving yearly eye exams compared to CDC benchmarks.
- Flu Shots
Yearly flu shots are recommended for diabetics.
On average, patients attending Kennedy’s Comprehensive Diabetes Education classes are 9.6% more likely to receive their annual flu shot.
- Blood Sugar Monitoring
Home monitoring of blood sugar numbers are very important to maintain a healthy diabetes status.
Patients attending Kennedy’s Comprehensive Diabetes Education classes are 9.4% more likely to check their blood sugars at home after participating in the program.
Kennedy's Diabetes Health Center has been proven successful in helping patients improve their health by lowering their blood sugar. A study of more than 800 people enrolled in the comprehensive program at Kennedy's Diabetes Health Center determined that, after six months, the average patient's blood sugar levels had improved by 15 percent. The data also showed a drop in hospitalizations and emergency room visits for people with diabetes who were involved in the Kennedy program.
Each patient in the Kennedy Diabetes Health Center's program undergoes a full assessment to determine their diabetes knowledge level and any special needs they may have. Participants are then placed in a program geared toward their specific needs and goals. The curriculum is tailored to the adult learner and includes interactive activities and practical information that can be put to use in one's day-to-day life.
Class sizes are limited to small group sessions or we can schedule one on one appointment if needed. Participants can invite a family member or support person to attend their training session.
We promote teamwork between your physician and our staff to make sure your doctor is always kept up-to-date on your progress and/or any changes in your program. While we do not provide medical treatment, a physician referral is needed to take part in our programs.
Our diabetes education classes are covered by most health insurance plans. Self referrals are also accepted. Click here to view our current class schedule.
Our centers are staffed by Certified Diabetes Educators, Registered Nurses and Registered Dietitians. We are committed to educating patients on a wide variety of issues related to diabetes, including:
- Checking and monitoring blood sugar levels
- Designing an individualized meal plan
- Understanding how exercise can often help people with diabetes manage their condition
- Administering injections when necessary
- Making lifestyle adjustments and helping resolve family issues.
The benefits of our program are many, and include:
- Healthier living
- Confident control in managing your diabetes
- Family teamwork
Diabetes Emergency Checklist
For safety, diabetics should have a number of items always on hand. Download the Diabetes Emergency Checklist to help track and manage the items you need.
| Diabetes Emergency Checklist
Did You Know That
- 10.3 million people in the U.S. are diagnosed with diabetes?
- Another 5.4 million Americans have diabetes - but don't know it?
- Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death by disease in the U.S. and the leading cause of new blindness and non-traumatic amputations?
- Diabetes is the major cause of end-stage kidney disease?
People with diabetes can live healthy lives if they learn to manage their condition. A 10-year federally funded study determined that people who followed a program of diabetes self-management reduced their risk of:
- New blindness by 76 percent
- Non-traumatic amputations by 60 percent
- Kidney disease by 56 percent
To make an appointment for a personal consultation, please call:
Diabetes Health Center - Cherry Hill
2201 Chapel Avenue, West
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
Diabetes Health Center - Somerdale
1 Somerdale Square
(Near the intersection of White
Horse Pike and White Horse Road)
Somerdale, NJ 08083
Diabetes Health Center - Wash. Twp.
445 Hurffville-Cross Keys Road, Suite A
Sewell, NJ 08080
To view our current group class schedule, click here.