We understand that good health and good nutrition go hand in hand. That’s why Barb Brown, our registered and licensed dietitian, Director of Diabetes Self-Management Education Program, and Director of Diabetes Prevention Program, will help you create a dietary plan specific to your goals.

Ms. Brown is available for outpatient diet instructions. Please call 618-443-2177 x1435 to arrange an appointment with Barb to discuss your specific diet needs.

Diabetes Prevention

Diabetes Self Management Education program

Sparta Community Hospital’s Diabetes Self Management Education program, “Yes, You Can Live Well With Diabetes”,  is an accredited diabetes education program by the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE), a National Accredited Organization (NAO), certified by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). This will allow the people with Diabetes in the Randolph and surrounding counties, increased access to high quality diabetes education services.

Diabetes education is a collaborative process through which people with or at risk for diabetes gain the knowledge and skills needed to modify behavior and successfully self-manage the disease and its related conditions. The program is comprehensive and taught by diabetes educators who have extensive training.

Sparta Community Hospital’s Diabetes Self-Management Education program offers the diabetes education classes at the hospital campus, located at 818 E. Broadway in Sparta.  Those interested may contact their doctor for a referral.

“Diabetes is a disease that affects so many people in our communities. States Barb Brown, RDN, Program Director. With the education from this program and the assistance from one’s doctor, a diabetic can learn to manage their own diabetes care which, in essence, will improve their overall health and living.”

“AADE’s accreditation assures that an accredited program meets the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support.  Programs who meet this criteria are considered high quality and have been shown to improve the health status of the individuals who embrace the education and help to modify sometimes unhealthy behaviors, or simply provide the education that the person with diabetes has not previously received” said Leslie E. Kolb, RN, BSN, MBA, Accreditation Director for the Diabetes Education Accreditation Program.  “Yes, You Can Live Well With Diabetes”, provided by Sparta Community Hospital, is exactly the type of program we envisioned when we set up our accreditation in 2009.”