Diabetes Education

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More than 23.5 million Americans are estimated to have diagnosed or undiagnosed diabetes according to the Centers for Disease Control. That’s 7.8% of the population. Diabetes can’t be cured but people can live a health life and manage the disease with better nutrition, regular exercise and medication.

Anyone can get diabetes, although a hereditary component puts Native Americans, Filipinos and Hawaiians at greater risk.

PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center Diabetes Education Services provides one-on-one counseling as well as group classes to assist diabetic patients in self-managing their diabetes. The service includes a team approach, including services by a registered dietitian and other health care professionals. The program is based on American Diabetes Association recommendations and guidelines. Our coordinator is a registered nurse and certified diabetes educator.

Come learn more about how to manage your diabetes and live a healthy life in a series of classes offered by PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center.

Check our calendar regularly for  as classes are held several times each year. Class topics include: 

  •  Diabetes Basics and Nutrition
  •  Carbohydrate Counting; Self Blood Sugar Testing; Low Blood Sugar; Physical Activity
  •  High Blood Sugar/Sick Day Guidelines; Prevention; Complications; Healthy Eating
  •  Meal Planning; Stress; Medications; Sexual Health; Sleep; Depression; Resources

The 8-hour series of classes cost $330.00 and includes two private one-on-one sessions. Medicare and other insurance billed if eligible. Attendees may bring one support person free. Call 228-7685 to pre-register or find out more information.

For more diabetes health information learn about diabetes in our Healthwise Knowledgebase. ​

Contact Us:

Diabetes Education Services
3100 Tongass Avenue
Ketchikan, AK 99901
Phone: (907) 228-8300, ext. 7085 


Amanda Schlecht, RN

Office Hours:

Monday through Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.​​