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 Association and focuses on providing you the knowledge and skills necessary to manage and take charge of your diabetes.
Your diabetes education team consists of a multidisciplinary group of certified health professionals including a Diabetic Educator, Registered Dietitian, and Registered Nurses. Together, we will work with your health team to coordinate diabetes and nutrition care that is just right for you, including glucose monitoring, oral and injectable medications, insulin therapy, insulin pump therapy and CGM (continuous glucose monitoring).
Registered Dietitian: Abby Kipfer, MS, RDN, LD
Abby Kipfer, Licensed Registered Dietitian, is dedicated to helping her patients live the best versions of their lives despite disease, illness, or health conditions by educating on healthier nutrition decisions. She values the small successes just as much as the larger ones, as they all add up to make the big changes. Abby helps patients with managing diabetes, kidney disease, weight loss, and more.
Abby is available by appointment for outpatient services; a physician referral is required. For more information, contact Abby at 507-831-0640.
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 of complications
- Glucose monitoring
- Glucose graphing and data reporting
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.
Healthy Together Class
Healthy Together is a series of group classes that focus on the whole person approach to improve your overall wellbeing. Each week there will be a new topic for discussion such as healthy habits, grocery shopping, meal prep, exercise, and kicking bad habits.
The classes also include access to a Registered Dietitian, a grocery store tour, the opportunity to work with a Certified Personal Trainer, along with recipes for healthy snacks and meals, and more.
To find out when the next sessions will be held or to get more information, contact Jessica Schmit, Community Health Program Manager, at 507-831-0671 or [email protected].
Healthy Habits Program
Healthy Habits focuses on helping you improve and achieve your health goals. There are three different programs that you can take by themselves or package multiple together to learn more and save!
Nutrition: Receive personalized nutrition and weight management advice tailored to your lifestyle and health needs.
Exercise: Develop an exercise regimen that suits your health and fitness goals.
Health Coaching: Set goals and create a plan with the guidance of your health coach.
For pricing information, questions, or to sign up, contact Abby Kipfer at 507-831-0640 or [email protected].
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.
Previous recipes are located under the Latest Recipe in alphabetical order - just click the letter you're looking at to expand and see every recipe in that category. Have fun and happy snacking!