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Learn how to work with your diabetes, not against it.

Before you are diagnosed:

National Diabetes Prevention Program
Northern Dutchess Hospital is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If you have prediabetes or other risk factors for type 2 diabetes. This program, led by lifestyle coaches, can help you make lasting changes to reduce your risk. These include losing a modest amount of weight, being more physically active and managing stress. Classes are held for one hour over 16 weeks with bi-monthly follow-up sessions to keep you on track. There is no fee for this program. To find out more, visit our National Diabetes Prevention Program webpage or contact Amanda Sheffield at or (845) 871-4380. TTY/Accessibility: (800) 421-1220.

After you are diagnosed:

Diabetes Self-Management Education Program — PHC
If you have diabetes, Putnam Hospital Center staff can help you learn the self-care skills that can enhance your treatment regimen and promote better health. Our Diabetes Self-Management Education Program at our Carmel campus, 670 Stoneleigh Ave., has been recognized by the American Diabetes Association and is taught by certified diabetes educators. The time and dates vary. Medicare and most insurance companies cover the cost of this program. If you would like information or have any questions, please call (845) 279-5711 ext. 2779. TTY/Accessibility: (800) 421-1220.

Living Well with Diabetes — VBMC and NDH
Taught by skilled professionals, Living Well with Diabetes meets for 2.5 hours weekly over six weeks. This educational program is held at various times and dates in three locations – Poughkeepsie, Fishkill and Rhinebeck. Through small group instruction, you will learn tips for healthy eating, medication management, blood sugar monitoring and more. Those newly diagnosed with diabetes or long-term diabetic patients who would like a refresher as well as caregivers are welcome. There is no fee for this program. For information, please call (845) 454-8500 ext. 72112. TTY/Accessibility: (800) 421-1220.

Living Well Workshop for chronic disease — VBMC, NDH, PHC
Join us and see how new skills, support and self-management can improve your day-to-day living. This six-week program is for anyone dealing with a chronic or ongoing health condition – such as diabetes, COPD, heart disease, arthritis, asthma or obesity. Caregivers are also welcome. Workshops are 2.5 hours long. Topics include: healthy eating; physical activity and exercise; relaxation techniques; medication usage; and skills for communication with family, friends and healthcare providers. There is no fee to attend. To register for a workshop at Vassar Brothers Medical Center or Northern Dutchess Hospital, please call (845) 454-8500 ext. 72112. To register for Putnam Hospital Center's workshop, please call Sarena Chisick at (845) 279-5711 ext. 2702. TTY/Accessibility: (800) 421-1220.

Diabetes Support Group — PHC
The Putnam Hospital Center Diabetes Support Group meets monthly on a weekday evening on the hospital's campus, 670 Stoneleigh Ave, Carmel. Facilitated by a diabetes educator and a registered dietitian, this group offers the opportunity for patients to share concerns and help manage some of the psychosocial issues associated with diabetes. Guest speakers also periodically discuss a wide range of topics related to diabetes. There is no fee, but advanced registration is requested. To find out when the next support group meeting is, check the diabetes event calendar or call PHC's Diabetes Education Center at (845) 279-5711 ext. 2779. TTY/Accessibility: (800) 421-1220.

Endocrinology — HQMP
Diabetes can disrupt your body's many types of hormones and Health Quest Medical Practice's endocrinology department in Poughkeepsie can work with you to create a personalized plan for treatment. The center is led by Dr. Margaret Apedo who is fellowship trained in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism. To make an appointment, call (845) 485-2500. TTY/Accessibility: (800) 421-1220. Learn more about endocrinology.

Meet the team

The diabetes self-management program is run by certified diabetes nurse educators and registered dietitians.The Prediabetes Program is led by lifestyle coaches Roufia Payman, supervisor of outpatient nutrition education and Wellness Center exercise specialist Marie Monroe.


Northern Dutchess Hospital
6511 Springbrook Avenue
Rhinebeck, NY 12572

Putnam Hospital Center
670 Stoneleigh Avenue
Carmel, NY 10512

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