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Capital Region Medical Center provides patients with proper education and resources to manage their diabetes diagnosis. For patients with diabetes, prediabetes, gestational diabetes or their caregivers, Capital Region paves the road for success. 

Diabetes Resources

Diabetes 101

Diabetes 101 is a four-part series covering the basics of diabetes, including nutrition, exercise and pharmacy education. The class meets on Tuesdays for one hour in the Southwest Education Classroom at Capital Region's Southwest Campus. On odd numbered months, the class will meet from 12 to 1 p.m., and on even numbered months the class will meet from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. 

Weekly topics:

Week 1: What is Diabetes?
Week 2: Nutrition
Week 3: Exercise
Week 4: Pharmacy Questions 

Registration is required to attend the series. For more information or to register, call 573.632.5593 or view the calendar.

Diabetes Self-Management Workshop

The Diabetes Self-Management Workshop is a free, six-week series that teaches participants the skills to successfully manage diabetes and ways to take control of their health. Classes are held once a week for 2 1/2 hours in the Southwest Education Classroom at Capital Region's Southwest Campus. 

Topics include:

  • How to monitor blood sugar and prevent complications.
  • Skin and foot care basics.
  • How to manage sick days.
  • Exercise and nutrition.
  • How to manage pain, fatigue, difficult emotions and depression.
  • Medications and treatment decisions.
  • How to talk with family, friends and healthcare providers. 

Registration is required to attend the workshop. For more information, call 573.632.5593. To register or view upcoming dates, view the calendar.

Capital Region Nutrition Services

The best way to improve your overall health is through healthy eating, and patients at Capital Region have access to one-on-one nutrition counseling with Lynn Grant, Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator. Those with Type I, Type II and Gestational Diabetes may get a referral for outpatient medical nutrition therapy, which is covered by some insurances for disease-specific diagnoses. To schedule, call 573.632.5152.

Sam B. Cook Healthplex

The Sam B. Cook Healthplex encourages and promotes exercise as a means for improving overall health while reducing the risk of chronic disease. Research shows that physical inactivity contributes to a variety of chronic diseases, including obesity, diabetes and cancer. Through the Exercise as Medicine program, the Sam B. Cook Healthplex provides numerous services to improve your overall health while helping you feel better, have more energy and perhaps even live longer! The relaxed and friendly environment supports any fitness level and allows you to meet your personal wellness goals with expert supervision. Visit the Sam B. Cook Healthplex website to learn more. To join the fitness center, call 573-632-5634.

Bi-monthly Cholesterol Screens

Capital Region's Corporate & Community Health department offers cholesterol screens every first Tuesday and third Wednesday of the month. The screenings are held from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the Corporate & Community Health Office located just inside the main entrance of Capital Region Southwest Campus (Goldschmidt Cancer Center Side).

Screens include:

  • *Lipid profile: $25
  • *Comprehensive metabolic panel: $25
  • *Lipid profile AND comprehensive metabolic panel: $40
  • Total cholesterol: $10
  • Hemoglobin A1c: $25
  • Prostate-specific antigen (PSA): $25

*12-hour fast recommended. Water and black coffee are encouraged.

Cash, check and card accepted. For more information, call 573.632.5593. To view upcoming dates, visit the calendar.

AIM Diabetes Support Group

The AIM Diabetes Support Group is available for those with diabetes, prediabetes, gestational diabetes and their caregivers. Topics include managing symptoms of diabetes, fatigue, pain, hyper/hypoglycemia, stress and difficult emotions; exercise and nutrition; medication usage; reading food labels and working more effectively with healthcare providers. The group meets at 5:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each odd month in the First Floor Conference Room - B at Capital Region Medical Center. This group is free, and no registration is required. For more information, call 573.632.5593. To view upcoming dates, visit the calendar.

Community Resources

The Cole County Health Department offers free diabetes education classes. Patients must have Medicaid only or no insurance to qualify for the classes, and they may live outside of Cole County. Call 573.636.2181 to schedule.

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