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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 Conversation Maps

FREE GROUP meets once a week for four consecutive weeks: April, June, August, October

Wednesdays 10:00am- 11:00am
(Subject to change, call to confirm dates and locations.)


  • Get the support you need

  • Learn facts about food

  • Solve problems that slow your progress

  • Find ways to get active

  • Discover how to plan meals

  • Take charge of what you can

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 April through July and twice a month August to March on Wednesdays 8:30am-9:30am.  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

FREE Weight Loss Group

Diabetes Management

Individual sessions available. There are many ways to improve diabetes control. Diabetes changes, we start where you are now.

Potential 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 3 hours of medical nutrition therapy, which includes diabetes management, within a 12-month period. Two 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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