Diabetes Education, Prevention & Management

Sioux Center Health is a leader in diabetes education; we’ve been educating people about diabetes since 1989. We understand that managing your diabetes can be a challenge. Our team of physicians, dietitians, nurses and a certified diabetes educator can help ease your frustrations and teach you about the best treatment options available.

Judy Hauswald, RN, BSN, CDE
Contact Judy at 712-722-8125 or judy.hauswald@siouxcenterhealth.org

Rocio Mendez Reyna, RN: 
Contact Rocio at 712-722-8125 or rocio.mendez@siouxcenterhealth.org
Rocio provides education in English and Spanish

Danielle Nanke, RDN, LD
Contact Danielle at 712-722-8125 or danielle.nanke@siouxcenterhealth.org

Tonya Huenink, RDN, LD
Contact Tonya at 712-722-8125 or tonya.huenink@siouxcenterhealth.org

Office Hours:
Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm (by appointment)

Course Offerings:
Our staff is available to meet with you and your family individually or in small group classes.

Preventing Diabetes Class: This 2‐hour group class will help people learn what lifestyle changes can help them prevent or delay getting Type 2 diabetes.

Prevent Diabetes NW Iowa: This is a 12 month diabetes prevention/weight loss program for people with pre-diabetes or who have risk factors for diabetes, such as obesity, family history of diabetes, or gestational diabetes. This program includes 22 sessions with a trained lifestyle coach that will help you lose weight, eat healthier, be more physically active, and manage stress.

Pre-diabetes Risk Test: 86 Million Americans have Pre-diabetes…Maybe even YOU. Click here and take the Pre-diabetes Risk Test. It’ll only take a minute!  If your score says you are “high risk”, you should  ask for an A1C (pre-diabetes) test from  your provider OR  get one at the Sioux Center Health Lab Monday – Friday from 7 – 11 am. You can request an A1C (pre-diabetes) test for $20 and you DO NOT have to fast.

Diabetes Basics: This course is designed for those who are newly diagnosed or those who have never had any diabetes education. Five classes are offered in group or individual sessions. We will teach you everything you need to know to live well with diabetes.

Challenges and Changes: A Diabetes Review: This 2 hour group class reviews diabetes basics as well as what is new in diabetes care.

Carb Counting Review: This 2‐ hour class will help you review foods with carbohydrates, portion sizes and labels. We will help get you back on track with your diabetes and weight loss goals.

Diabetes and Pregnancy: This course is designed for pregnant women who have Type 1, Type 2 diabetes or develop gestational diabetes. Our diabetes team works with local family physicians or with pregnancy specialists to help you deliver a healthy baby.

Insulin Basics: People who are starting insulin have many fears and questions. In this individualized session, a diabetes nurse will teach you everything needed to take insulin safely.

New Insulin Options: If your current insulin regimen isn’t working, this course may be for you! There are may new insulin options that can help insulin users improve their blood sugars, avoid low blood sugars and allow for more flexible meal times.

Insulin Pump Basics: Our Certified Insulin Pump Trainer will get you started with the latest in insulin pump technology. Initial training requires 2 – 3 sessions. Includes a review of carb counting as well as managing low blood sugars, DKA and sick days.

Advanced Insulin Pump Features: This 1 hour session is designed for the experienced pumper who wants to use advanced pump features, such as dual and square wave bolusing, temporary basal rates, patterns feature for weekends/rotating
work shifts and how to evaluate basal and bolus rates.

Continuous Glucose Monitoring Basics: This state-of-the-art technology allows people with insulin pumps to monitor their blood sugars 24 hours a day. Our Certified Diabetes Educator and insulin pump trainer will teach you in 2 sessions all you need to know to use this advanced technology.

NW Iowa Insulin Pump Support Group:  This group meets 2-3 times per year and is free to the public.

Medicare and Medicaid pay 100% for initial diabetes classes  and Medicare pays 100% for yearly review classes. Most commercial plans will pay for diabetes education, but may require that your deductible is met first.

American Association of Diabetes Educators
The Diabetes Program at the Sioux Center Health is accredited by the Diabetes Education Accreditation Program of the American Association of Diabetes Educators. This prestigious award assures that this quality education program meets the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education. This program is also certified by the Iowa Department of Public Health.