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Mille Lacs Band’s Diabetes Program Honored

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009 at 6:56 am

Onamia, Minn. – The Mille Lacs Band’s Diabetes Team Program has been recognized by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) for meeting national standards in diabetes self-management education.  This recognition status is valid for three years; the Band’s Diabetes Team Program first received ADA recognition in 2006.

“Our Diabetes Team is proud to be honored for providing quality services that help people with diabetes better manage their health,” said Sam Moose, Mille Lacs Band Commissioner of Health and Human Services.  “We have a great team of doctors, nurses, dietitians, fitness coordinators, health educators, and others who work hard to ensure that we provide great care for each patient and tailor our program to meet their individual needs.”

The ADA Education Recognition Program is a voluntary process in which approved local diabetes education programs must meet the following standards:

·        Incorporating nutritional management into a patient’s lifestyle

·        Incorporating physical activity into a patient’s lifestyle

·        Using medication(s) safely and for maximum therapeutic effectiveness

·        Monitoring blood glucose and other parameters, and interpreting and using the results for self-management decision-making

·        Preventing, detecting and treating acute complications

·        Preventing, detecting and treating chronic complications

·        Developing personal strategies to address psychosocial issues and concerns

·        Developing personal strategies to promote health and behavior change

In addition, Diabetes Team members undergo continuing education to ensure that they have up-to-date information about diabetes management.  The Mille Lacs Band Diabetes Team Program works with about 250 patients each year.

About the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe

The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe is a self-governing, federally recognized Indian tribe located in East Central Minnesota.  The Band has more than 4,000 enrolled members, for whom it provides a wide variety of programs and services.

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