Orange City Area Health System is you partner in diabetes prevention, management, and care. Our Outpatient Diabetes Education Program is proud to offer comprehensive educational programs for those with diabetes. In addition to individual sessions with our diabetes care coordinator and registered dietician, OCAHS offers the following services:
Diabetes Self-Management Education Group Classes:Taught by Orange City Area Health System’s highly trained diabetes education team; these 2 hour group classes are designed for newly diagnosed diabetics or for those who are looking for a refresher course. Topics covered include: Overview of diabetes, blood glucose monitoring, carbohydrate counting, food label reading, exercise, medications, complication prevention, sick day care, and stress management.
Gestational Diabetes Group Classes:Orange City Area Health System’s Outpatient Diabetes Education Program offers group classes to women diagnosed with gestational diabetes. With this class, expectant mothers learn the skills for managing their blood sugar through healthy eating, increased activity, blood glucose monitoring, and stress management.
Pre-diabetes Group Classes: Concerned about Pre-diabetes? This 2 hour group class teaches you about healthier eating and exercise habits to improve your health and reduce your chance of having Type 2 Diabetes. Research has shown that losing weight and exercising most days of the week may prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, a serious medical condition that develops more frequently in this population. Taught by Orange City Area Health System’s highly trained diabetes education team.
Carbohydrate Counting Review Classes:These 2 hour group classes are taught by a registered dietician and focus on dietary management of diabetes. Participants review carbohydrate counting skills, portion control, fiber intake, fat intake, and learn valuable nutritional information.
Support Groups:In conjunction with Orange City Area Health System’s Outpatient Diabetes Education Program, OCAHS offers two Diabetes Support Groups to the community: Sweet Talk Support Group and Sioux County Support Group.
Insulin Pump Management: Pumps can help some people achieve better control and some people prefer this continuous system of insulin delivery over injections. Contact the diabetes care coordinator for more information.
Continuous Glucose Monitoring services:Continuous Glucose Monitoring can be used by type 1 and type 2 diabetes patients who would like better glucose control to improve the health and quality of their lives. Contact the diabetes care coordinator for more information.
Medial Nutrition Therapy:Registered dietitians are available to provide nutrition therapy for a range of issues and conditions.