The Diabetes Self-Management Education Program at Winneshiek Medical Center provides education and support to those medically diagnosed with diabetes, and facilitates lifestyle changes to improve each patient’s quality of life.
With a referral by your doctor, you may participate in the Diabetes Self-Management Education Program at Winneshiek Medical Center. The course uses Conversation Maps, a program that engages the learner and educator using a combination of powerful visual learning techniques with active dialogue about diabetes and related topics. Conversation Maps address the basic concepts of diabetes, healthy eating as it relates to diabetes, the importance of monitoring blood glucose and the progression of the disease.
Session 1: On the Road to Better Managing Your Diabetes
This Conversation Map covers many of the basic concepts one needs to know as it relates to diabetes and managing diabetes, including physical activity and healthy eating.
Session 2: Diabetes and Healthy Eating
This Conversation Map engages participants in a more detailed discussion about the connection between food and diabetes, and the importance of healthy eating as it relates to managing diabetes.
Session 3: Monitoring Your Blood Glucose
This Conversation Map engages participants in a discussion about the importance of monitoring blood glucose, managing high and low blood glucose, avoiding long-term complications and nutrition for a healthy heart (sodium, fats, fiber).
Session 4: Continuing Your Journey with Diabetes
This Conversation Map covers additional complex concepts related to diabetes, including the natural course of diabetes, the many medicine options, sick day and travel guidelines, label reading, artificial sweeteners, eating out and a support plan.
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Living well with diabetes
Joyce Schutte was diagnosed with diabetes in 2007. For six years, she successfully managed her health by going to classes, taking her medications, eating smaller portions and choosing to be physically active. Everything changed in 2013 when her daughter, Eileen, found out she had cancer.