Diabetic Education

Take charge of your diabetes. Reduce complications. Improve your life.

We know that living with diabetes requires the need to make certain life adjustments. With the right tools at your fingertips, diabetes does not have to control you. It is a manageable condition.

The program at Windom Area Health is accredited by the American Diabetes Education and focuses on providing you the knowledge and skills necessary to manage and take charge of your diabetes.

Diabetic Educator

For more information on Windom Area Health’s diabetic program, classes and support groups, please contact Priscilla Comnick, RN/Certified Diabetic Educator, at 507-831-2400.

Dietitians

Dietitians are available by appointment for outpatient services.  Physician referral is required.

Contact Abby Kipfer or Betsy Plotz, Registered Dietitians at 507-831-0640 for more information.

Healthy Together Prevention Class

These classes are intended for people with hypertension, pre-diabetes or in need of some weight loss help. Each week there will be a new topic for discussion. Also included with the classes are 30 minute workouts, healthy meal prep sessions and a free 10-punch card to Windom Area Health and Fitness. Class is limited to 15 participants and cost is $25.

To register, contact Amber Hughes, Community Health and Wellness Coordinator by January 11th, 2019 at 507-831-0672.

2019 Class Schedule

  • October 1- "Program Introduction & Measuring Up" Activity: Wellness Center Tour
  • October 8- "Introduction to Nutrition" Activity: Snack Packs/Smart Snacks
  • October 15- "Introduction to Exercise" Activity: Group Workout
  • October 22- "Sleep" Activity: Yoga
  • October 29- "Next Steps in Nutrition" Activity: HyVee Grocery Store Tour (Please meet at HyVee)
  • November 5- "Advancing Your Exercise" Activity: Group Workout
  • November 12- "Stress Management" Activity: Guided Meditation
  • November 19- "Overcoming Obstacles & Wrap-Up" Activity: Meal Prep Workshop
  • November 26- "Celebrating Successes" Activity: Restaurant Meal @ Jubilee Peacemeals

Diabetes education is frequently paid for, either partially of in full, by most insurance plans. Check with your insurance provider for specific benefit information. A physician referral is required by all insurers.

Some insurance companies allow for annual education on diabetes care. It is recommended to ask about additional education when you visit your doctor or other health care clinician during your regular check-ups.

We provide individual sessions that include behavior modification and goal setting towards:

  • Understanding diabetes by type
  • Eating healthy
  • Being active
  • Taking medications
  • Solving problems
  • Coping in a healthy way
  • Reducing risk
  • Glucose monitoring
  • Glucose graphing and data reporting

These sessions also provide you with community resource information and additional support that you will find helpful.

Your diabetes education team consists of a multidisciplinary group of certified health professionals:

  • Registered Dietician
  • Diabetic Educator
  • Registered Nurses

Together we will work with your health team to coordinate diabetes care that is just right for you, including glucose monitoring, PO medication, insulin therapy, insulin pump therapy and CGM (continuous glucose monitoring).

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