Winona Health will begin a diabetes education group program on Tuesday, September 24, from 2:30-4:30 p.m. The group will then have three additional 90-minute meetings over a three-month period at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Avenue in Winona.
Led by Theresa Hoyles, a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator, the program provides a supportive environment that allows for an engaging discussion about diabetes. Hoyles has 13 years of experience in diabetes education. Participants are welcome to bring a family member or other support person.
“Program participants have said they actually have fun and enjoy learning more about diabetes and how to better manage it when they can share with others who have similar challenges and experiences,” said Hoyles. “It’s an interactive class that includes lively conversation.”
Topics covered include
• Diabetes: What is it?
• Nutrition: How to eat healthy for diabetes
• Medication: Learn to manage your diabetes
• Blood sugars: Learn how to check and manage your levels
• Exercise: Strategies for including exercise into your daily routine
• Weight management: Learn how to accomplish your weight goals
• Prevention: Discuss how to avoid long-term complications of diabetes
• Labs: Understand your diabetes-related labs
Insurance will be billed for this program. Those who need assistance determining whether their insurance covers the program should contact their insurance provider or visit Winona Health’s Patient Resource Center from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday through Friday. The Patient Resource Center is on the clinic’s first floor.
Those interested in additional details or registering for the program should contact their health care provider for a referral or call 507-457-4521 to sign up.