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Diabetes Education

Helping patients take back control

Education is the key to delaying — even preventing — the onset of complications for diabetes. You can experience a vastly improved lifestyle with help managing your diabetes and implementing a more healthy diet.

“The person with diabetes who knows the most, lives the longest.”

— Elliott Joslin, MD, first American doctor to specialize in diabetes, founder of Joslin Diabetes Center

Diabetes education

Sanford Worthington provides education and assistance in managing the most common forms of diabetes — including type 1 and type 2 — to situational variations like gestational diabetes, and others. Classes are offered in English, Spanish and other languages as needed. 

Diabetes self-management classes include:

Class 1:

  • Introduction to diabetes
  • Diabetes medications
  • Basics of meal planning and carb counting
  • Eating out the right way
  • Label reading
  • Monitoring blood glucose
  • Hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia

Class 2:

  • Coping and problem-solving strategies
  • Delaying and preventing diabetes complications
  • Meal plan wrap-up
  • Heart-healthy eating
  • Standards of care
  • Sick day management
  • Skin, foot and dental care
  • Special situations — Travel, changes in routine

Sanford Worthington Diabetes Education team

Mary Hesemann

  • Certified Diabetes Educator
  • Registered Nurse
  • Assists with monitoring blood sugars and medication
  • Expertise in complication prevention and exercise
Michelle Poppen
  • Registered Dietitian
  • Assists with managing weight and post-bariatric surgery support
  • Expertise in heart-healthy eating and food allergies

Our team can help you maintain a healthy lifestyle, manage diabetes and prevent the development of complications. 

Contact information

For more information, call:

Michelle Poppen, RD, at 507-372-3329 or

Mary Hesemann, RN, CDE, at 507-372-3378.