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Diabetes can be overwhelming. Our programs will help you and your loved ones live healthier. Whether you are newly diagnosed or need an update, there is always something to learn.

Diabetes Club

FREE GROUP meets the 1st Wednesday of every month.
(Subject to change, call to confirm dates and locations.)


This group meets monthly at different locations. Topics are health related, but not always diabetes specific. Call us with your questions or meeting suggestions.

Meetings are free unless the group is dining out. Each participant would then be responsible for the cost of their meal.

- Participants encourage each other
- Every month is a new health topic
- Share your experiences, learn tips from each
  other, and get helpful information

Meeting Recaps

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Find Out if

You Qualify

Test Your Risk Here:



  1. Adult (18 or older)

  2. BMI >25 

  • Calculate yours here.

  1. ONE of the following:

  • A1c% 5.7-6.4% (within past 12 months)

  • Fasting glucose 100-125 (within past 12 months)

  • Score 9 or more on the CDC Prediabetes Risk

  • Score 5 or more on the ADA Prediabetes Risk

  • Gestational diabetes in the past

Lose Weight, Feel Great

Make Healthy Changes and Feel your Best 


You can prevent or delay prediabetes from developing into type 2 diabetes with simple, proven lifestyle changes. Approximately 86 million American adults—more than 1 out of 3—have prediabetes. What’s more, 90% of people with prediabetes don’t know they have it. Left unchecked, up to one-third develop diabetes in five years.

You can have prediabetes for years but have no clear symptoms, so it often goes undetected until serious health problems show up. That’s why it’s important to talk to your doctor about getting your blood sugar tested if you have any of the risk factors for prediabetes, which include:

  • Being overweight

  • Being 45 years or older

  • Having a parent, brother, or sister with type 2 diabetes

  • Being physically active less than 3 times a week

  • Ever having gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy) or giving birth to a baby that weighed more than 9 pounds

A lifestyle change program can help you make those changes—and make them stick. Through the program, you can lower your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by as much as 58% (71% if you’re over age 60). Program participants will be provided with nutrition and activity action plans.


Group meets once a week for 16 weeks, twice a month for 2 months and once a month for six months.  Highlights include:

  • Working with a trained coach to make realistic, lasting lifestyle changes.

  • Learning the difference between fad diets and gimmicky research and add more physical activity into your day.

  • Finding out how to manage stress, stay motivated, and solve problems that can slow your progress.

  • Getting support from people with similar goals and challenges

  • Discovering how small changes help solve problems over time


To learn more about this program,

call 618-826-4581, ext. 1170

NEW Weight Loss Program

The Learning Table

A Back-to-Back Class Series on
Wellness & Diabetes Health
Join us for both or either on the 1st Wednesday of the Month at Memorial Hospital

Diabetes Workshops

Health insurance based group and individual sessions available. There are many ways to improve diabetes control. In a group setting you can share your experiences, learn tips from each other and get helpful information.

  • Individual and group sessions available.

  • Everyone’s diabetes is different, tell us your story.

  • Diabetes changes, we start where you are now.

  • Many insurances cover follow-up for diabetes or nutirion management yearly in a group setting or individual sessions.

Workshop Topics:

  • What is Diabetes?

  • Eating Basics

  • Monitoring Medications

  • Healthy Coping

  • Reducing Risks

  • Problem Solving

  • Being Active

  • Sick Days

  • Goal Setting

  • and more...


Insurance Coverage
Medicare covers 10 hours of diabetes self-management training within a 12-month period. After these initial 10 hours, 2 hours of follow-up training are covered yearly. Private insurance varies.

Find your healthy eating style. Everything you eat and drink over time matters and can help you be healthier now & in the future.

Create "MyWins" that fit your healthy eating style. Start with small changes that you can enjoy, like having an extra piece of fruit today. Download the MyPlate, MyWins chart below.


Melissa Soellner, RDN, CDE, MS

Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist

Certified Diabetes Educator

ACSM Clinical Exercise Specialist

Phone: 618-826-4581 ext 1170

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Tel: 618-826-4581

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