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The John Victor Machuga Diabetes Education & Nutrition Center

The John Victor Machuga Diabetes Education & Nutrition Center at St. Joseph’s Wayne Medical Center, the most comprehensive program in the area, adheres to the Standards of Care guidelines of the American Diabetes Association (ADA). The ADA has recognized the outpatient program for Quality Self-Management Education since 2002.

The highly specialized, multidisciplinary professional staff will give you practical information to help you better control your diabetes.

The team of certified diabetes nurse educators work directly with each participant’s physician to review the treatment plan for improved disease management, at the time of diagnosis, or after many years of struggling with diabetes. The team also includes a Registered Dietician who reviews the patient’s dietary and cultural preferences and develops a plan to assure that individual nutritional needs are met.

Education Services Offered


Comprehensive Diabetes Programs

The group classes and individual self-management education programs are offered in the following areas: blood sugar monitoring, insulin and oral medication management, nutritional counseling, stress management, exercise, and other specialized programs.

Comprehensive Core Group Outpatient Self-Management Program

This comprehensive workshop is designed to help people with diabetes develop and continuously practice the self-management skills that will enhance and prolong the quality of their lives by reducing risks for diabetes-related complications. The Program places emphasis on helping participants make changes in behavior. The team also tracks and reports the ADA Standards of Care to participants and their physicians.

  • A total of 9 hours of education, divided into three separate, 3 hour classes.
  • Class hours are offered during the morning, afternoon and evenings.

  • Includes free 3 and 12 month follow-ups, and monthly support groups.

  • The Center emphasizes the importance of having frequent and regular interaction with participants in order to assist and motivate them in the ongoing management of the disease.

Individual Sessions

Individual consultation is available in the following areas: carbohydrate counting, insulin administration, medication management, self monitoring of blood glucose, stress management, diabetes and physical activity, meal planning, weight management.

Gestational Diabetes Counseling

One of the most common complications of pregnancy, gestational diabetes affects about 9.2% of all pregnant women. Gestational Diabetes education is offered on an individual basis including blood glucose monitoring specialized meal planning and nutritional counseling, weight management and follow up.

Nutrition Counseling and Programs

Nutrition counseling is offered for people with diabetes and for people with other nutrition related conditions such as high cholesterol, obesity, prediabetes, and children and teens who need help managing weight. Group and individual counseling sessions by a Registered Dietician, promote healthy eating and portioning with practical demonstrations.

Free Monthly Support Groups

Monthly support groups offer additional diabetes management education, as well as the opportunity to share experiences with other individuals who have diabetes. For our 2019 schedule please click the “Schedule” tab below.

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Below is a list of the support group meetings for 2020.

The one hour meetings are held at the new location:
234 Hamburg Turnpike 3rd floor conference room located to the left of the elevator

Please take note of the alternate hours.

January 16, 2020 - 10:00 AM
February 20, 2020 - 10:00 AM
March 19, 2020 - 6:00 PM
April 16, 2020 - 10:00 AM
May 21, 2020 - 6:00 PM
June 18, 2020 - 10:00 AM
September 17, 2020 - 6:00 PM
October 15, 2020 - 10:00 AM
November 19, 2020 - 6:00 PM
December - NO MEETING

All are welcome, free of charge.

Any questions, please call the Diabetes Education & Nutrition Center at 973-720-6733.

In case of inclement weather a message will be posted at the above number, press 2.

“Excellent, informative program with friendly enthusiastic instructors.”

“The staff at the diabetes classes were great speakers and very personable, with caring feelings.”
“I found the diabetes counseling extremely enlightening. These classes are very helpful in learning how to live with this condition. I would definitely recommend these classes to others.”
“Because of this program, I have diabetes, diabetes doesn’t have me.”
“The diabetes center team saved my life. What more can I say? I know that the diabetes center is a busy place, but they always responded quickly to my questions and concerns, and gave me as much time as I needed.”
“At the advice of my doctor, I attended the St. Joseph’s Wayne Diabetes Classes. Although initially opposed to attending the three nightly sessions my attitude quickly changed when experiencing the genuine commitment and concern of the entire team which taught and assisted in the presentation of the classes. My life has since been changed as the result of my implementing what was taught in the classes. My blood sugars have become more consistent. The everyday mood swings have become less, I have begun to lose weight and friends have commented on my increased energy levels and ability to focus.”
“The best staff in the business.”

“They help you from the minute you pick up the phone and ask about the classes. They worked with my doctor, my insurance and me to get the best care possible for my diabetes.”


To participate in our programs, to obtain a schedule or for further information, please call us at 973.720.6733 or fill out the form below:

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