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Neighbors Growing Together | Dec 12, 2017

HCHC recognizes National Diabetes Month in November

Nov 21, 2017

With November being National Diabetes Month, this is a chance to put additional focus on trying to slow the growing epidemic of Type 1 diabetes and pre-diabetes in the U.S. No matter where you are in your diabetes or prevention journey, the diabetes team at Henry County Health Center (HCHC) is available to help.

Knowing your risk factors, along with leading a healthy lifestyle with physical activity and a well-balanced diet, can help reduce those risk factors. Not only is National Diabetes Month a time to look at prevention, but it is also a time for those with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes to look at their current diabetes management and ask themselves if it is working for them.

HCHC’s Diabetes Education Center offers education in pre-diabetes, Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes and gestational diabetes.

Topics covered in the above areas include diabetes disease process; nutritional management; physical activity; medications, monitoring; preventing, detecting and treating chronic complications through risk reduction; goal setting and problem solving; psychological adjustment; and preconception care, management during pregnancy and gestational management.

Classes are offered in either a group or individual setting. Staff also work with continuous blood glucose monitors for both professional and personal use.

The Diabetes Education Center at HCHC is certified by both the state of Iowa and the American Diabetes Association. This ensures high-quality education for patient self-care.

Diabetes education services are covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most insurance companies. Knowledge is power and education is extremely important in both the prevention and care of diabetes.

HCHC’s on-site staff includes a registered nurse and registered dietitian, but the diabetes team is made up of several health care professionals from areas all over the health center to help better serve our clients. HCHC’s Diabetes Education Advisory Team consists of Katie Westphal, Diabetes Program Coordinator; Elise Klopfenstein; Julie Wagner; Tiffany Hauptman; Micki Gerdes-Boelens; Michele Birdsell; Andy Youngquist, Director of Rehabilitation Services; Sylvia Graber; Sarah Ledger; Katie Steffensmier; Laura Miller; Katie Gratz; Jessi Richmond.

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