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Holy Cross Health Diabetes Education Service Deserves ADA Recognition

October 18, 2021 – The American Diabetes Association Certificate of Education Recognition has been awarded to Holy Cross Health for providing quality diabetes self-management education and support.

The Association’s Education Recognition Certificate ensures that educational services meet national standards for diabetes self-management education and support and are staffed with knowledgeable healthcare professionals who can provide participants comprehensive information on diabetes management.

Holy Cross Health’s robust diabetes education and prevention program supports a journey to improve overall health and well-being. A Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist, or CDCES, (formerly known as a Certified Diabetes Educator, or CDE) helps participants learn how to properly self-manage their diabetes. Holy Cross Health’s Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support Program provides training and support on the Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialist’s (ADCES) 7 Self-Health Behaviors: Healthy Eating , physical activity, medication, monitoring, risk reduction, problem solving and healthy coping. The program includes individual sessions and group training. Holy Cross Health also offers free monthly diabetes support groups led by certified diabetes care and education specialists, open to family members, caregivers, community members and those newly diagnosed with or living with diabetes, as well as free online cooking segments designed to provide support for those striving to live healthier lives.

Kristen Schroeder-Brown, RN, CHES, CDCES

“We are proud to receive this prestigious recognition. Educating the community about the risks associated with diabetes and the importance of a healthy lifestyle, including good nutrition, portion-controlled meals, and consistent physical activity and movement, is essential for diabetes management and can prevent some of the unnecessary complications that diabetes can cause,” Kristen said. Schroeder-Brown, RN, CHES, CDCES Program Manager for the Diabetes Education Program at Holy Cross Health. “Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. The numbers are staggering because 7.3 million people in the United States are unaware they have diabetes.

According to the CDC’s 2020 National Diabetes Statistical Report, 34.2 million people, or 10.5% of the population in the United States, have diabetes. Every day, more than 3,900 people are diagnosed. Many will learn they have diabetes when they are treated for any of its life-threatening complications – heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness, nerve disease and amputation. About 1.5 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in people aged 18 or older in 2018.

For more information about the diabetes program and services at Holy Cross Health, please call (954) 319-4254.

About Holy Cross Health

A member of Trinity Health, Holy Cross Hospital of Fort Lauderdale, dba Holy Cross Health, is a full-service, non-profit, Catholic teaching hospital operating in the spirit of the Sisters of Mercy. Holy Cross was named one of the Top 10 Hospitals in Metro Miami in US News and World Report’s 2021-2022 Top Hospitals Rankings. Through strategic collaborations and a commitment to being a person-centered, transformative and healing presence, the 557-bed hospital offers progressive inpatient, outpatient and community outreach services and clinical research trials to serve as trusted health partner for the life of our community. Holy Cross Health also encompasses the Holy Cross HealthPlex outpatient facility, urgent care centers and more than 50 Holy Cross Medical Group medical practices. To learn more about Holy Cross Health, visit Holy-cross.com. Connect @holycrossfl.

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