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, see our National Diabetes Prevention Program or contact Nancy Walsh at (845) 871-3318. TTY/Accessibility: (800) 421-1220.

After you are diagnosed:

Diabetes Self-Management Education Program — PH
If you have diabetes, Putnam Hospital 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 Workshop for chronic disease — PH
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 the Putnam Hospital workshop, please call Sarena Chisick at (845) 279-5711 ext. 2702. TTY/Accessibility: (800) 421-1220.

Diabetes Support Group — PH
The Putnam Hospital 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 the PH 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 
670 Stoneleigh Avenue
Carmel, NY 10512

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