Outpatient Diabetes Education
Orange City Area Health System’s Outpatient Diabetes Education Program is proud to offer a comprehensive education program for those with diabetes, either newly diagnosed or for those patients needing extra guidance with diabetes control. In addition to individual education sessions with the diabetes care coordinator or the registered dietician, OCAHS offers the following group education services:
DSME Group Classes (Diabetes Self-Management Education): 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.
Classes are held monthly in the main campus education room.
Classes are held for three consecutive Wednesdays. You must attend all three classes.
A physician referral is required. Register below or by calling 712-737-5311.
The program is covered by most insurance companies, but every insurance plan is different. Check with your individual insurance plan.
2017 Upcoming dates:
January 4, 11, 18 from 1-3pm Register Here
February 1, 8, 15 from 9-11am Register Here
March 1, 8, 15 from 1-3pm Register Here
April 5, 12, 19 from 9-11am Register Here
May 3, 10, 17 from 1-3pm Register Here
June 7, 14, 21 from 9-11am Register Here
July 5, 12, 19 from 1-3pm Register Here
August 2, 9, 16 from 9-11am Register Here
September 6, 13, 20 from 1-3pm Register Here
October 4, 11, 18 from 9-11am Register Here
November 1, 8, 15 from 1-3pm Register Here
December 6, 13, 20 from 9-11am Register Here
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.
Classes are held weekly, on a flexible schedule, in the main campus education room next. Each class is 2 hours long – one hour with the registered dietician and one hour with the diabetes care coordinator. The program is covered by most insurance companies, but every insurance plan is different. Check with your individual insurance plan.
A physician’s referral is required. Register Here or call 712-737-5311.
Pre-diabetes Group Classes: Concerned about Pre-diabetes? This two-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.
Held quarterly in the main campus education room.
No referral needed, but pre-registration is required. Register below or by calling 712-737-5311.
Lunch or dinner is included with registration fee of $30.
2017 Upcoming dates:
December 27 from 11am-1pm Register Here
2018 Upcoming dates:
Support Groups: In conjunction with Orange City Area Health System’s Outpatient Diabetes Education Program, OCAHS offers the following Diabetes Support Group for the community.
Sweet Talk Support Group
Held the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 11:30am.
Located in the training room of the lower level main campus by the Puddlejumper Grille & Café.
Free for all to attend, no registration needed.
Our Diabetes Care Coordinator Dee Meerdink, RN, provides a variety of classes and one-on-one education for patients and families with diabetes and pre-diabetes.
Orange City Area Health System is a comprehensive health system encompassing four family medicine clinics, sports medicine clinic, behavioral health clinic, award-winning hospital, birth center, surgical center, radiology and laboratory services, occupational health services, specialty outreach services, physical and aquatic therapy, home health and hospice, a retirement community, and a senior care center. The health system campus – designed with privacy and total healing as its foundation – is situated on 37 acres, including a pond with fountain, a healing garden, and a field of prairie grasses and wild flowers adjacent to the PuddleJumper Trail.
A team of family medicine providers, along with dedicated nurses, medical specialists, and 500 support staff, are committed to serving the region with the Core Values of Integrity, Commitment to Excellence, Dedicated Colleagues, and Extraordinary Customer Experience. Orange City Area Health System has been named one of the Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals in the nation, one of “50 Critical Access Hospitals to Know” in the U.S., and a Women’s Choice Award recipient for Outstanding Patient Experience for three consecutive years.