Diabetes & Medical Nutrition Therapy

Wilkes County Diabetes and Nutrition Center-


Physical Address: Mailing Address:
Wilkes County Diabetes and Nutrition Center Wilkes County Diabetes and Nutrition Center
234 Jefferson Street WCHD 306 College Street
North Wilkesboro, NC 28659 Wilkesboro, NC 28697

Hours of Operation:
Open Monday through Friday 8:30am-5pm.
Closed for lunch 12:30-1:30pm.

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A North Carolina Diabetes Education Recognition Program, Accredited by the American Diabetes Association, and Award winning! 2010 BCBS American Diabetes Association Provider of the Year

Have you or a loved one been diagnosed with diabetes? Want to learn how you can enjoy foods you love while caring for your health? Wilkes County Health Department has a program just for you! We are an accredited Diabetes Self Management Program by the American Diabetes Association. We also offer private nutrition counseling by Registered Dietitians.

You can learn more about the Diabetes and Nutrition Center, including our history, staff, and services below. Thank you to the Health Foundation for supporting our facility.

About Us:

The Wilkes County Diabetes and Nutrition Center began in 2009 as part of the Wilkes County Health Department. Since then, it has grown to become the largest American Diabetes Association accredited Health Department Diabetes program in the state. Working with the Health Foundation, Wilkes Regional Medical Center, and at the request of the medical community, the Diabetes and Nutrition Center opened its new building on Jefferson Street in August 2012.

Our Provider(s):

  • Jerri Mayberry, MEd., RD, CDE, LDN Certified Diabetes Educator
  • Erin Cashwell, MPH, RD, LDN

Our Providers are Registered Dietitians as well as Certified Diabetes Educators.

Services We Offer

  • Individual or group sessions with a Registered Dietitian
  • Diabetes self management classes during the day or in the evening
  • More than just diabetes care: our Medical Nutrition Therapy program helps patients manage diabetes (type 1, type 2, and gestational), weight, eating disorders, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, renal disease, Celiac Disease, food allergies, sports nutrition, and other diagnoses.
  • Spanish interpretation/Interprete de Espanol. Tenemos un intérprete de español para las citas sin costo adicional.
  • Free monthly newsletter for persons interested in learning more about nutrition, diabetes and other resources in the community; email Jerri jmayberry@wilkescounty.net to sign up (you do not need to be a patient of our center to sign up for the newsletter).
  • A comprehensive Diabetes Resource Guide for Wilkes County
  • Dining with Diabetes:” A series of three classes that includes learning, demonstrations, and tasting of healthy foods. It is designed for people with diabetes and their family members, and offered in partnership with Cooperative Extension twice each year. Contact us to find out more information and the next available class.

What you will learn

Our group and/or individual education will include

  • Carbohydrate counting
  • Meal planning
  • Getting to a healthy weight
  • Reading food labels
  • Managing stress and goal setting
  • Complications of diabetes (long and short term)
  • Insulin and medication instruction
  • Blood sugar meter instruction and interpreting blood sugar values
  • Risk reductions
  • Signs and treatment of hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia
  • Exercise and goal setting–individualized to needs
  • Answering YOUR questions!

Getting Started

  • Contact your physician for a referral. You may also contact our office to initiate a referral, or call us with your questions
  • Check with your insurance company to see if diabetes education is a covered service. Most insurance companies, including Blue Cross Blue Shield, Medicare, and Medicaid, cover our services. In addition to private insurance, we accept uninsured patients with a sliding scale fee.
  • Schedule an initial one on one consultation with one of our registered dietitians.
  • Click here to download a referral form

 What to Expect on your First Visit

  • You will be meeting with one of our providers (a registered dietitian and a certified diabetes educator) who will discuss monitoring your blood sugar and managing diabetes through healthy food choices. The dietitian will help you create an individualized meal and snack plan.
  • You are welcome and encouraged to ask questions throughout the visit!
  • Please bring with you: (1) your meter to test your blood sugar, if you have one, (2) list of current medications, and (3) if you have been keeping track of your blood sugar, please bring the record.

Information for Medical Providers


The Wilkes County Diabetes and Nutrition Center offers a Diabetes Self Management Program accredited by the American Diabetes Association. We also offer Medical Nutrition Therapy by Registered Dietitians. If you are a provider and would like to refer one of your patients to our Diabetes Self Management Education program or for Medical Nutrition Therapy, you can follow the easy steps below:

Upon receipt of the referral and referral information, one of our staff members will:

  • Contact the patient to schedule an initial assessment with one of our Certified Diabetes Educators.
  • Notify your office by fax of the appointment date and time.
  • Notify your office if the patient does not keep the appointment.
  • After the appointment, provide you with an update, via fax, of a plan of care made by our Certified Diabetes Educator which will include education provided and goals individualized for the patient.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is Diabetes? Diabetes means that your blood glucose (blood sugar) is too high. There are several types of diabetes.

  • Type 1 diabetes – the body does not make insulin. Insulin helps the body use glucose from food for energy. People with type 1 need to take insulin every day.
  • Type 2 diabetes – the body does not make or use insulin well. People with type 2 often need to take pills or insulin. Type 2 is the most common form of diabetes.
  • Gestational diabetes – may occur when a woman is pregnant. Gestational diabetes raises her risk of getting another type of diabetes, mostly type 2, for the rest of her life. It also raises her child’s risk of being overweight and getting diabetes.

2. What is a Registered Dietitian? A registered dietitian is a food and nutrition expert who has met academic and professional requirements including:

  • Earned a bachelor’s degree with course work approved by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Coursework typically includes food and nutrition sciences, foodservice systems management, business, economics, computer science, sociology, biochemistry, physiology, microbiology and chemistry.
  • Completed an accredited, supervised practice program at a health-care facility, community agency or foodservice corporation.
  • Passed a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.
  • Completes continuing professional educational requirements to maintain registration

3.  What is a Certified Diabetes Educator? A Certified Diabetes Educator® (CDE®) is a medical/health care professional who possesses comprehensive knowledge of and experience in diabetes management, pre-diabetes, and diabetes prevention. A CDE® educates and supports people affected by diabetes to understand and manage the condition. A CDE® promotes self-management to achieve individualized behavioral and treatment goals that optimize health outcomes.

4. What is Diabetes Self-Management Education? Diabetes self-management education (DSME) is an interactive, collaborative process that can equip adults with basic knowledge to manage their type 2 diabetes while focusing on their self-identified problems and goals. It emphasizes problem solving and decision making as they relate to core diabetes self-care skills such as healthy eating, physical activity, proper dental care, and monitoring blood glucose level. The goals of DSME are to improve metabolic control and quality of life, to reduce diabetes-related complications, and to minimize health care costs.
Research has shown that community-based DSME is an effective intervention for improving glycemic control among adults of various racial and ethnic backgrounds with type 2 diabetes.

 5. If you have a question that is not answered here, please let us know! Give us a call at 667-0460 or click here to send us an e-mail

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