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

**NOTICE: The Fall Session of Healthy Together has been filled by those participants who were registered for the cancelled Spring Session. Thank you for your support and your understanding.**

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, access to a dietitian and a free membership to the Wellness Center for the duration of class. Class is limited to 12 participants and cost is $50.

To register, contact Amber Hughes, Community Health and Wellness Coordinator by March 10th, 2020 at 507-831-0672.

2020 Fall Class Schedule

  • September 15 - "Program Introduction & Measuring Up" Activity: Wellness Center Tour
  • September 22 - "Introduction to Nutrition" Activity: Snack Packs/Smart Snacks
  • September 29 - "Introduction to Exercise" Activity: Group Workout
  • October 6 - "Sleep" Activity: Yoga
  • October 13 - "Next Steps in Nutrition" Activity: HyVee Grocery Store Tour (Please meet at HyVee)
  • October 20 - "Healthy Cooking 101" Activity: Cooking Demo & Optional Meal Prep
  • October 27 - "Advancing Your Exercise" Activity: Group Workout
  • November 3 - "Stress Management" Activity: Guided Meditation
  • November 10 - "Overcoming Obstacles & Wrap-Up" Activity: Q&A Session
  • November 17 (Optional) - "Celebrating Successes" Activity: Celebration Meal

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).

Be Well Bites

Registered Dietitian at Windom Area Health, Abby Kipfer, brings you Be Well Bites!  These are short, simple, healthy recipes that you can easily make on your own.  Follow along with Abby as she walks you through each step.  Recipe cards are included for each recipe, simply right click on the card and select 'Save Image As' to download.  As videos are added, previous recipes will be located under the most recent video.  Have fun and happy snacking!

Be Well Bites Pizza Smiles
Strawberry Tarts

Healthy Yogurt Fruit Dip

Energy Bites

Banana Sushi

To view other Be Well Bites videos, go to our Psychiatry/Mental Health Page!
Find more ways to stay healthy by checking out our Community Wellness Page!

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