Diabetes Education

Do you have diabetes and want to feel better and achieve better lab numbers, better weight, better health?

The SMCH Diabetes Self Management Education Program started in 1998 with a mission to prepare people with diabetes to make informed choices every day about their diabetes care. We work with people and their primary care providers to develop successful plans for coping with diabetes and its challenges. Our instructors are trained as health coaches and as diabetes educators. Our program is accredited by the American Association of Diabetes Educators and is certified by the Iowa Department of Public Health.

Individual or group sessions are scheduled as needed. The Diabetes BASICS, Insulin BASICS, and Gestational Diabetes BASICS programs consist of 3 to 4 sessions over 2-5 months. Referral from your health care provider is required.  Our registered nurse educator, Megan Huster, and registered dietitian/certified diabetes educator, Maurine Thieszen, work with individuals and their care partners to facilitate learning to manage diabetes and take steps toward a healthier lifestyle. Sessions are informal and allow hands-on learning. In 2015, participants in the SMCH Diabetes self-management program saw an average reduction in their A1c of 1.4 points.

Annual diabetes education follow-up sessions are also offered, and individual diabetes medical nutrition therapy (MNT) is available. 4 time periods in a person’s life have recently been identified as critical times for diabetes self management education and support:

  • At diagnosis of diabetes
  • Annual assessment of education, nutrition, and emotional needs
  • When new complicating factors influence self-management
  • When transitions occur

We look forward to working with you. Our goal is to assist & support persons with diabetes on their lifelong journeys of healthy diabetes self-care.

The SMCH Diabetes and Prediabetes Support Group is open to all interested people, and meets April through October on the fourth Thursday of each month from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the hospital (3rd Thursday October only). To learn more about Stewart Memorial Community Hospital Diabetes Programs, please contact Maurine Thieszen, RD, LD, CDE, Diabetes Education Coordinator, 712-464-4249, or Megan Huster, RN, 712-464-4118.

2017 Diabetes Support Group Dates:

  • April 28
  • May 26
  • June 23
  • July 28
  • August 25
  • September 22
  • October 20


Click here to view our Diabetes Self Management brochure
Click here to view our Gestational Diabetes brochure.