Meritus Diabetes Education

Diabetes Services in Hagerstown

If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, you know how hard it is to make changes to your diet, increase daily activity and control blood sugar levels—and unlike other diseases, diabetes cannot be controlled by medication alone. Diabetes education gives you the power to control the disease and lead a healthy life.

Meritus Diabetes Education is a comprehensive resource for people diagnosed with diabetes, prediabetes or for those who want nutritional assistance.

Robinwood Professional Center
11110 Medical Campus Road, suite 108
Hagerstown, MD 21742

Diabetes Self-Management Program

The Diabetes Self-Management Program can help you manage your diabetes and feel your best. Our diabetes self-management program is recognized by the American Diabetes Association as a program of excellence for 28 years. The program is taught by Certified diabetes educators including a registered nurse and a registered dietitian who can meet with you individually and/or in groups to address all of your concerns and needs related to diabetes care. They are available to help you whether you’ve recently been diagnosed with diabetes, have questions or concerns about your diabetes plan or how your diabetes has changed over time.

If you struggle to control your blood sugar, have recently been diagnosed with diabetes or your condition has changed over time, we offer a comprehensive diabetes self-management program led by certified diabetes educators. The self-management program includes guidance on:

  • Healthy eating, meal planning and carbohydrate counting
  • Physical exercise for controlling blood glucose
  • How to avoid diabetes complications
  • Blood sugar monitoring and effects of foods on blood sugar
  • Medication management
  • Controlling stress
  • Insulin pump therapy
  • Insulin injection training
  • Weight control
  • Diabetes and pregnancy

Diabetes self-management program is covered by Medicare and most insurance plans for patients who have been diagnosed with diabetes. To register, please have your physician fax a referral form to 301-714-4351. For more information, call 301-714-4041.

Living Well with Diabetes

Living Well with Diabetes is a six-week, evidence-based workshop designed for people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. This free program is particularly helpful for those who have attended previous diabetes self-management education, but require additional help controlling their blood sugar. Participants learn all aspects of daily diabetes self-management including healthy eating, diabetes medications, physical activity and communicating with doctors.

Call Meritus Health at 301-790-8907 to register.

Prediabetes Prevention Program

Prediabetes Prevention program is a FREE lifestyle change program for people diagnosed with prediabetes. Prediabetes can often be reversed. Join this CDC-recognized diabetes prevention program and learn how to eat healthy and add physical activity to your day. Call 301-790-8907 to register.

Nutrition Counseling

Nutrition Counseling, led by a registered dietitian, provides a variety of hands-on nutrition education sessions to help you learn how to:

  • Eat healthy foods and plan meals
  • Count carbohydrates to encourage weight loss or control blood sugar
  • Lose weight safely and successfully
  • Overcome eating concerns related to diabetes, kidney disease, heart conditions, digestive issues, gluten sensitivity, adult or childhood obesity, and unintended weight loss.

To register, please have your physician fax a referral form to 301-714-4352. For more information, call 301-714-4041.

Our Team

Tim Higgins M.S., RD, LDN, CDE graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Agriculture and Environmental Science. Went on to complete a Master of Science in Nutrition at Long Island University. He has over 30 years’ experience working with food as a chef and registered dietitian in restaurant and health care settings. He has provided diabetes education in hospital and outpatient settings since 2000. He is a member of the American Diabetes Association and is a Certified Diabetes Educator.

Laurie Sandberg, BSN, RN, CDE graduated from University of Maryland School of Nursing with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Nursing. She has over 40 years of nursing experience in a variety of areas including Medical/Surgical, Long Term Care, Intensive Care, Case Management and Nursing Education. She has provided both inpatient and outpatient diabetes education since 2000. She is a Certified Diabetes Educator and a member of the American Association of Diabetes Educators and the American Diabetes Association.

Diabetes Education