healthy living with diabetes


Diabetes Education

Diabetes Classes are FREE to attend and are open to anyone with an interest in learning more about diabetes and nutrition regardless of whether the person has been diagnosed with diabetes.

Please refer to class descriptions below the schedule for more information about the information provided during each type of class. You may also contact our office for more information.

Please refer to class locations, as they vary. All classes held at the health department will be in the downstairs classroom. Please park in the back parking lot of the health department.

*Inclement weather: Please contact our office on class day in the event of inclement weather. Any cancellations will be posted on our Facebook Page.*

Diabetes Educational Handouts

Diabetes_and_Your_Heart – NDEP

Know Your Diabetes ABCs

A is for A1C

B is for Blood Pressure

C is for Cholesterol


Know Your ABCs of Diabetes

Control the ABCs of Diabetes

Diabetes Class Descriptions

Healthy Living With Diabetes Class Series

Also called Diabetes Self-Management Education/Training classes, these are a series of two to four individual classes that focus on comprehensive diabetes self-management techniques to help the individual with diabetes better care for themselves. 

Each class in the class series provides the individual and family or support persons with a wealth of information in an effort to improve the quality of life and prevent complications from the disease. 

In some instances, a professional on the specific topic may be invited to cover that portion of the class.  For example, a pharmacist may be invited to cover the medication section, or a podiatrist may be invited to cover foot care.

Diabetes Prevention Classes

The Diabetes Prevention Classes are geared toward the individual with a strong family history of the disease, or for individuals just wanting to learn more about healthy lifestyle behaviors.  The class focuses on healthy behaviors to prevent or reduce the risk of developing diabetes.  Individuals who are overweight are at a much greater risk of developing the disease, so this class would be very beneficial for them.

Diabetes Basics Classes

This “Diabetes 101” classes provides an overview of managing diabetes, foods to eat, how to check blood sugar and ways to keep healthy.   This class is only intended to provide an overview of nutrition and diabetes information.  For more detailed education on nutrition and diabetes, individuals are encouraged to attend the Nutrition Basics Class or Diabetes Self-Management Education Class.

Nutrition Basics Classes

The Nutrition Basics Classes provides more detailed information regarding food choices and diabetes, including carbohydrate counting, dining out and more. 

Educational information is available to help with prevention and management of diabetes.

Classes may be available for FREE:
  • Diabetes Self-Managment Training (DSMT) Classes
  • Support Group Meetings
  • Cooking Classes
  • Weight Loss Classes

Medical Nutrition Therapy (one-on-one counseling) is also available to assist with developing a healthy eating plan to mananage diabetes. Medical Nutrition Therapy is a billable service and a fee may be assessed. Medicare, Medicaid, and some private insurances are accepted. If an individual does not have any insurance or the health department does not accept the insurance plan, a fee will be charged based on household income.


For more information about Medical Nutrition Therapy Services, visit our MNT page or call the us at 606-878-7754.

If you want to know if you are at risk for developing diabetes, take this online test: diabetes-risk-test

To learn more information about managing your diabetes care, visit: I Have Diabetes

Learn more about blood glucose numbers here.

Home Needle Disposal Information: click here

Find Diabetes Resources in Kentucky here

The ABC’s of Diabetes and Heart Disease: abcs-of-heart-disease

Other Diabetes Resources:

American Diabetes Association

Kentucky Diabetes Network

National Diabetes Education Program

Starting a New School Year with Diabetes

Submitted by: Teresia Huddleston MSRD LD CDE, Kentucky Diabetes Network

For students with diabetes and their parents, getting ready for a new school year can be challenging.  It includes a lot more than buying new clothes, notebooks and pens.  It means buying a whole list of diabetes supplies to keep at school.  It also means working with school staff to help keep children safe at school and school sponsored activities.

Diabetes must be managed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  This calls for family members and school staff to work together.  Notify the school right away that your child has diabetes.  Take time to talk with school staff at the start of the school year and throughout the year as needed.  Parents usually know best about their child’s day-to day needs.  A parent is a valuable part of the school health team for their child.

Both parents and school personnel can get the guidance they need from a useful manual, Helping the Student with Diabetes Succeed: A Guide for School Personnel.  This guide is from the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP).  It can be a valuable resource for parents, schools and health care professionals.

As the school year begins, parents of students with diabetes should make sure the following are in place to manage diabetes at school:

  • Diabetes Medical Plan-Work with your child’s health care team to develop this plan.  It contains the medical orders for your child.  It should be signed by the doctor and given to the school nurse at the start of each new year.  An updated plan is needed if there are medical changes made during the year.
  • Individual Health Care Plan-Work with the school nurse to develop this plan.  The medical orders will be used to prepare this plan for your child’s routine and emergency diabetes care at school. 
  • Items for Your Child’s Health and Emergency Care – Provide the school with blood sugar (glucose) testing items, supplies for taking insulin, and urine and blood ketone testing supplies.  Also include snacks, quick-acting glucose products, and a glucagon kit.  Fewer supplies would be needed. If your child has type 2 diabetes.

Parents may also want to encourage all school staff involved in the care and teaching of the student with diabetes to have basic training about the disease.  This should include what diabetes is; signs and symptoms of a high and low blood sugar; and who to contact in case of an emergency.  

It is also helpful to understand that food can make blood sugar levels go up.  Exercise, insulin, and diabetes medication can make blood sugar levels go down.  Stress, illness or injury can also affect blood sugar levels.

The School Guide includes action tools for you, your child, and school personnel to work together.  You are encouraged to be an active member of the school health team during the entire school year.  Parents, health care team members and school staff all have a vital role in helping the student with diabetes have a good school experience.  Together they can make school a safe and healthy place for learning.

For more information about children with diabetes and to download or order a free copy of NDEP’s Helping the Student with Diabetes Succeed: A Guide for School Personnel, call 1-888-693-NDEP (1-888-693-6337), TTY: 1-866-569-1162 or visit  and .