Education Services

Education Services

The Swedish Diabetes Education Program offers a variety of classes in Seattle, Edmonds and Issaquah. All classes are taught in English; interpreters are available for individual sessions. See the 2014 Seattle and Issaquah class schedule. See the 2014 Edmonds Diabetes and Edmonds Prediabetes class schedule. 

An experienced teaching team

All members of the teaching staff within the Swedish Diabetes Education Program are certified diabetes educators.

Register for a class

Preregistration is required for all classes. Please call the campus phone number listed below where you would like to take the class series. Class dates and times will be confirmed when you register. 

You will need a referral from your physician that includes clinical information about your diabetes; this will help us in billing your insurance company. Ask your physician to fax in a referral or send it electronically.


Class locations

First Hill Campus
801 Broadway, Suite 611
Seattle, WA 98122
Phone: 206-215-2440
Fax: 206-215-2457

Issaquah Campus
751 N.E. Blakely Dr.
Issaquah, WA 98029
Phone: 206-215-2440
Fax: 206-215-2457

Edmonds Campus
21601 76th Ave. W.
Edmonds, WA 98026
Phone: 425-640-4395
Fax: 425-640-4854


 


Diabetes education series

This series of three classes provides an introduction to diabetes self-management. At each class in the series, experience in blood-glucose pattern identification is practiced and self-management goals are identified.  


First Steps

( hours – offered three times a month)

Participants learn the physiology of diabetes and how to do blood-glucose monitoring using their own meter or a provided meter. Participants also learn the basic principles of nutrition, including how food affects blood glucose, carbohydrate management, portion control and other meal-planning strategies.

Location: First Hill and Issaquah

Second Steps

( hours – offered three times a month)

This class builds on the foundation provided in First Steps and includes discussion of medications, hypoglycemia, sick-day management, carbohydrate counting and the role of activity in blood-glucose management. Prerequisite: Completion of First Steps or recommendation from your certified diabetes educator.

Location: First Hill and Issaquah


Third Steps

( hours – offered three times a month)

This class discusses portion control, eating out and principles of heart-healthy meal planning. An endocrinologist presents strategies for staying healthy and preventing complications. Prerequisite: Completion of Second Steps.

Location: First Hill and Issaquah
 


Gestational Diabetes Class

(two hours – offered twice a week)

This class teaches women with gestational diabetes how to manage their blood glucose during pregnancy. Participants learn about the physiology of gestational diabetes and the basic principles of nutrition and are taught how to do blood-glucose monitoring using a provided meter.  

Location: First Hill 

 

Gestational Diabetes Follow-Up

(one hour – offered twice a week)

This class evaluates progress toward blood-glucose control with the pregnant mother. Prerequisite:  Completion of Gestational Diabetes class.

Location: First Hill 


Insulin Start

(one hour – available by appointment)

This class teaches insulin-injection techniques, how insulin works and how hypoglycemia is recognized and treated. Prerequisite:  Physician orders and monitoring


Introduction to Insulin Pumps

(scheduled as requested)

This one-hour appointment with a registered nurse introduces the patient to the features of an insulin pump. Information and materials are provided for the patient who is deciding whether insulin-pump therapy is right for them. Prerequisite:  Recent records of frequent blood-glucose monitoring and understanding of basic principles of diabetes self-management.

Location: First Hill & Edmonds 

 

Insulin Pump Start  

(three hours on two consecutive days – available by appointment)

This series of classes teaches patients how to intensively manage their diabetes using insulin-pump therapy. Prerequisite:  An assessment appointment with a registered nurse; a letter of medical necessity from an endocrinologist; authorization from the insurance company for a pump; supplies and training; and demonstrated understanding of carbohydrate counting and blood-glucose monitoring. 

Location: First Hill & Edmonds

 

Assessment of Diabetes Control - For Insulin Pump Users

(by appointment only)

During this individual appointment, a certified diabetes educator will evaluate the participant's current pump practices and rates. Updates on the latest insulin pump advancements will be provided. This assessment is suggested at least annually for all pump wearers and any other time when the achievement of improved blood glucose is desired. 

Continuous Glucose Monitoring (Sensor)

(scheduled as requested)

This one-hour appointment with a registered nurse teaches patients how to intensively manage their diabetes using the Continuous Glucose Monitoring and Sensor. Information and materials are provided.

Location: First Hill & Edmonds

Introduction to Byetta (Exenatide) and Symlin (Pramlintide)

(by appointment only)

In addition to learning about Byetta and Symlin,  participants will learn about injection technique using a pen, timing of administration relative to meals, and expectations regarding changes in appetite and weight loss. The signs, symptoms and interventions for hypoglycemia will also be discussed. Prerequisite: Physician prescription for medication and a physician referral.


Pre-Diabetes Class

(two hours – offered twice a month)

This class is taught by a registered dietitian. It covers topics related to lifestyle modifications which may prevent or delay the development of type 2 diabetes. Nutrition and physical activity recommendations are discussed. Note:  This class may or may not be covered by your insurance plan; check with your carrier. 

Location: First Hill and Edmonds 

 


 

Medical Nutrition Therapy

(by appointment only)

One-on-one nutrition education/counseling with our registered dietitians is available in addition to other diabetes education offerings.  Medical nutrition therapy is also available for other nutritional needs besides diabetes. Ask your insurance provider about coverage for Medical Nutrition Therapy.

Location: First Hill & Edmonds

You will need a referral from your physician that includes clinical information about your diabetes; this will help us in billing your insurance company. Ask your physician to fax in a referral or send it electronically.

Talk to Someone or Make an Appointment
First Hill and Issaquah
206-215-2440
Edmonds
425-640-4395

Class Schedules

Seattle and Issaquah Classes 

Edmonds Diabetes Classes

Edmonds Pre-Diabetes Classes

 

 

Brochures


Print our Diabetes Program brochure.



Print our Gestational Diabetes brochure.