shutterstock_554496415SURPRISE, ARIZ., Feb. 9, 2017 – In its nearly three-year history, the Sun Health Center for Health & Wellbeing has helped hundreds of West Valley residents get their diabetes under control through a program called Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME).

DSME is a five-week series (10-hours total) where instructors teach participants how to manage their diabetes through healthy eating, regular physical activity, medication management and other actions. All classes are taught by certified diabetes educators, who also are registered dietitian nutritionists, and an exercise physiologist. Sun Health’s program is accredited by the American Association of Diabetes Educators.

Medicare covers the cost of the DSME program, as do most other insurance providers.

The next series of DSME classes begin on the following dates, times and locations.

  • Five consecutive Tuesdays, beginning Tuesday, Feb. 28, 9-11 a.m., Support Services Building, Banner Boswell Medical Center, 13180 N. 103rd Dr., Sun City
  • Five consecutive Tuesdays, beginning Tuesday, Feb. 28, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Sun Health Center for Health & Wellbeing, 14719 W. Grand Ave., Surprise
  • Five consecutive Wednesdays, beginning Wednesday, March 1, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Banner Estrella Medical Center, 9201 W. Thomas Rd., Phoenix

A physician referral is required to register for DSME. The referral and completed paperwork must be turned in at least five business days before the start date. To register, or for more information, call (623) 832-WELL (9355).

For a limited time, income-based scholarships are available for DSME through a grant from BHHS Legacy Foundation. Call (623) 832-WELL (9355) to learn more.

Watch a “success story” about Sun Health’s DSME program at

About Sun Health
A long-standing champion of healthy living and superior health care, Sun Health is a community-based nonprofit providing pathways to population health through philanthropy, community wellness programs and services, and senior living programs and communities. Learn more at

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