Diabetes Education

Vernon Memorial Healthcare offers Diabetes Self-Management Education. Our goal is to provide patients with the information and skills to successfully manage diabetes through a multidisciplinary team approach.

Education Program

  • Individual assessment and training with a registered nurse
  • Individual consult with a registered dietitian/nutritionist
  • Four group sessions held weekly (scheduled by appointment)
    Group sessions incorporate information to manage diabetes from a registered nurse, registered dietitian/nutritionist and a clinical exercise physiologist.

Individual and group classes focus on the AADE's Self-Care behaviors. These include healthy eating, being active, monitoring, taking medication, problem solving, reducing risks and healthy coping. We strive to help patients live a long and healthy life by managing their diabetes through knowledge and skills by applying the 7 Self-Care behaviors.


FREE Monthly meetings aimed at helping all people with diabetes and those who support them. Each meeting discusses a new topic in a supportive and friendly atmosphere.

Last Wednesday of every month. 2-3 p.m.
Viroqua Area Medical Office Building, Conference Room B
407 South Main Street, Viroqua.

February 28 - Taking Care of Your Eyes

  • Guest Speaker - Dr. Nahas
    What is diabetic retinopathy and how do we prevent it? 

March 28 - Go Further with Food

  • Learn about the relationship between our bodies and the food
    we eat as well as how to cut down on food waste and save
    money. March is also National Nutrition Month.

April 25 - Monitoring 

  • What do all those numbers mean and what do you do with them? 

May 30 - Exercise 

  • Exercise: The insulin shot you never took.

June 28 - Taking Care of Your Feet

  • Guest Speaker - Dr. Chestelson
    Note: Meeting is on THURSDAY, June 28th.

July 25 - Meal Planning 101

  • Learn how to plan meals on a budget for you and your family.

August 29 - Coping and Stress

  • Guest Speaker - Dr. Kalstad or Mary Cortesi
    Continue the discussion on mindfulness and coping with the
    daily stresses in our lives.

September 26 - Diabetes and All The Complications

  • What are the complications, why do they happen, and what do
    we do about them.

October 31 - Diabetes Medications

  • Guest Speaker - Dennis Malone RPh
    What are the medications used to treat diabetes and how do
    they work?

November 28 - Diabetes Awareness Month

  • What is happening in the area and how can you get involved.

December: No support group. Happy Holidays!



Call (608) 637-4483 for more information