CentraCare Health - Monticello's Diabetes Education program is committed to helping our community manage and prevent diabetes in order to inspire healthy lifestyles.
Our certified Diabetes Educator and Registered Dietitian work with you and your physician to provide an individualized treatment plan to meet your unique needs. Having an individualized treatment plan allows you to modify your lifestyle choices and be in control of your diabetes, rather than having diabetes be in control of you.
Because we are dedicated to helping our community make healthy choices, CentraCare Health - Monticello offers a variety of diabetes and nutrition education classes and presentations:
Monthly Diabetes Education Classes
Free, monthly education classes are offered for individuals living with diabetes and their families to learn more about the disease. Various health topics relating to diabetes are presented including foot care and proper nutrition. The class meets on the first Tuesday of each month from October through May at 6:30 p.m. No class is scheduled for the month of January. Classes are free of charge and open to the public.
For more information on these classes contact Casey Ocken, BSN, RN ,CDE at 763-271-2304
Diabetes Group Education Classes
This four-session program, which has been recognized by the American Diabetes Association, provides the education you need to successfully manage your diabetes for optimal health. Diet instruction is taught by a Registered Dietitian who provides you with information on meal planning, reading labels, exercising and much more. In addition, glucose meter training is also provided. These diabetes group education classes require a referral from your physician. Contact your primary physician for more information. The cost of these classes is covered by most health insurance companies.
I CAN Prevent Diabetes!
CentraCare Health - Monticello is proud to be one of 26 communities in Minnesota that is offering this community-based lifestyle change program which provides diabetes prevention education and support for individuals with pre-diabetes. Pre-diabetes occurs when blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. An individual can delay or prevent type 2 diabetes by making simple lifestyle changes. Diet and moderate exercise, resulting in a 5-7% weight loss (usually about 10-15 pounds), are often effective enough to bring blood sugar levels back down to a healthy range.
About the I CAN Prevent Diabetes! Program
Learn how to create a healthier lifestyle and prevent diabetes in this 16-week diabetes prevention program. Groups will meet with a trained instructor once a week to help participants lose weight, eat healthier and increase physical activity.
Classes are offered weekly for 16 weeks. Periodically, the program will include enhanced sessions where participants focus on topics related to specific nutrition or physical activity concepts.
For more information on this program, contact Jennifer Femrite,RD, LD, CDE, at 763-271-2405.
CentraCare Health Monticello's Annual Diabetes Health Fair
To honor Diabetes Awareness month, CentraCare Health - Monticello hosts a fun an informative health fair each November at the hospital. This year, the free event takes place on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 from 3-6 p.m. Stop by for blood pressure checks and glucose screenings; tips for healthy food choices; and interactive education on diabetes products, technology, resources and treatments. For more information, contact Jennifer Femrite, RD, LD, CDE at 763-271-2405
Empowering Students to Take Charge of their Health
Recent studies state that one out of three children in the United States is overweight or obese, and research shows that prevention of obesity is easier to manage and maintain than treatment. Therefore, CentraCare Health - Monticello has created an interactive nutrition presentation developed for students. The program is designed to empower children to make better food choices, whether they are grocery shopping with mom and dad or standing in the lunch line at school. The goal is that through nutrition education, children will learn to make healthy food choices today and for the future to support an overall healthy lifestyle.
Topics covered in this 45-minute presentation include basic food groups, portion sizes, food label reading, analyzing sugar content is popular food and beverages, and finding healthy snacks.
For more information on this fun and beneficial program, or to schedule a presentation for your student group, call Heather Eidem at 763-271-2384.