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Maile Ishikawa, RD, Diabetes Self Management Education Program Coordinator

KPHC is a recognized Diabetes Self Management Education Program by the American Diabetes Association. We offer Diabetes classes to patients whether you have prediabetes, diabetes, or just want to learn more about prevention. The classes include a presentation on topics including nutrition, physical activity, medications, preventing diabetes complications, goal setting, and stress management. The information are split into two different class sessions. At the end of each class, there will be a food demonstration and tasting for all participants.

These classes are taught by a Registered Dietitian, Registered Nurse, and Behavioral Health staff. All KPHC patients are welcome to join. Please contact Maile at 808-843-7256 for more information or ask your PCP for a referral to the program. 2023 diabetes classes are scheduled as below on Tuesdays from 1:00-4:00 pm:

  • February 21st and 28th
  • April 18th and 25th
  • June 20th and 27th
  • August 15th and 22nd
  • October 17th and 24th

Chuukese, Filipino, and Chinese classes are available. Call for the specific dates of the classes.

What is a Registered Dietitian and what can one do for you?

Registered dietitians (RDs) are food and nutrition experts. All registered dietitians are nutritionists, but not all nutritionists are registered dietitians. RDs are the only nutrition professionals who are regulated by law and governed by an ethical code to ensure they provide the best care. Nutritionists, on the other hand, can work without providing any formal certification.
A Registered Dietitian can help manage chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, kidney disease, cancer, heart failure, and more.
When you first see your RD, the last thing you’ll get is a one-size-fits-all-diet. He or she gets to know your eating habits and behaviors to make a more tailored plan that will most effectively help you.

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