Health Education & Diabetes Center

Interview with WHIG TV

“New Year, New You” Series

January 2022

Allison Jenkins, RD

Boice-Willis Clinic

Topic: Eating Healthy, with some specifics to diabetics

The Boice-Willis Clinic Health Education Department and Diabetes Education Program has been recognized by the American Diabetes Association for Quality Self-Management Education since 1999, and works with physicians to offer comprehensive medical care. Our professional staff provides health and diabetes education, assessment, and follow-up with the goal of providing information and skills essential to maintain optimal health.

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Through participation in the Diabetes Education Program, the patient will become familiar with the relationship of nutrition, exercise, medication, and self-monitoring of blood sugars to achieve diabetes control. Improved control through self-management decreases the risk of complications such as heart disease and stroke, kidney dialysis, blindness, and amputations.

The Health Education and Diabetes Team at Boice-Willis offers group classes to help patients better understand and manage diabetes. Anyone who is newly diagnosed with diabetes or has not had any prior outpatient diabetes education is eligible. Many patients who have completed the group classes have lost weight and have seen a decrease in their hemoglobin A1c or their average blood sugar control. 


Through a series of three classes, patients explore how to live a healthy and vibrant life with diabetes.

The Health Education team is made up of two registered dietitians and one registered nurse. Patients will first meet with one of the educators to complete registration and gather information on their current medical history and personal background. If patients do not already have a glucose meter to check their blood sugar levels, one will be provided with training.*

In the first class, Allison Jenkins, MAEd, RD, LDN, CDCES explains what diabetes is and how it is treated. This class also offers an introduction to healthy eating and helps patients think about small changes they can make in their daily food choices.
 

In the second and third class, Susan Skaleski MS, RD, LDN addresses many more of the common questions about diabetes such as why you need to check your blood sugar, what happens if your blood sugar is too low or too high, how medications help control blood sugar and what the long term complications of diabetes are and how to prevent them. Susan will also discuss advanced nutrition, meal planning, the benefits of exercise, and how to stay emotionally healthy with diabetes.

Group medical visits allow health care practitioners to provide care to multiple patients in one appointment and enable patients to interact with people who share their condition. It is a time when family members can also attend to better understand the importance of a healthy lifestyle. 

If you will be participating in a group visit, click the below link and sign the Privacy Notice for Group Visits

Currently, face masks are required for all group class attendees. Group class patients are allowed to bring one friend or family member over the age of 18 for additional support.

 

Once the classes are completed, patients follow up with their diabetes educators for continued support.

 

*With the advancement of diabetes technology and insurance coverage for new devices, the Health Education team helps support and educate patients on different devices to read blood sugar such as CGMs (continuous glucose monitors) and insulin pumps.

Individual Health Education is also offered for the following conditions (if covered by patient insurance plans):

  •    Elevated Cholesterol

  •    High Blood Pressure

  •    Weight Management

  •    Gastric Bypass

  •    Other specialized diets

  •    Chronic Kidney Disease

Location & Contact Information

Boice-Willis Clinic
Rocky Mount Medical Park
901 N. Winstead Avenue
Rocky Mount, NC 27804

Appointments:  (252) 937-0290

 

Office Hours:

Monday-Thursday: 8 am - 5 pm

Friday: 8 am - 12 pm
Office Closed: All major holidays

Allison Jenkins, MAEd, RD, LDN, CDCES

Wendy Moore, RN, CDCES

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Susan Skaleski, MS, RD, LDN