Diabetes & Nutrition Education

At Good Shepherd’s Diabetes Education Program, we are committed to providing a quality education to all people with diabetes.

Our goal is to empower people to learn and improve self-care, and make informed lifestyle and healthcare decisions in order to live full and happy lives. The Diabetes Education Program at Good Shepherd Health Care System is recognized by the American Diabetes Association for Quality Self-Management Education.*

Why Diabetes Education?

It‘s not easy to hear that you or a loved one has diabetes, but learning about your diabetes is the first step towards feeling better and living a longer, healthier life.

You may need Diabetes Education if:

  • You have just learned that you have diabetes.
  • You are having a hard time controlling your diabetes.
  • You have questions about how to manage your diabetes.
  • You have had a change in your treatment plan.
  • You have new complications.
  • You want to learn about current treatment options and stay informed.

Services include:

  • Group and Individual classes for all types of diabetes.
  • Pump starts and management.
  • Six-day continuous glucose monitoring.
  • Nutrition counseling.

Nutrition Counseling

Ditch the diets and learn how to eat right for life by visiting a food and nutrition expert. Our registered dietitian has the professional training needed to provide the knowledge and support you need. And with better nutrition, your body will function better and has a greater ability to heal and strengthen itself.

At Good Shepherd, we look at every client as an individual — what they already know, what they believe about their situation and their ability to improve it, and what the obstacles are to moving forward. We present practical, sensible, supportive guidance.

We will help you learn how to eat well without giving up great food. Whether you’re seeking to lose weight, address health concerns, increase energy levels, or simply eat better, you’ll reach sustainable goals that are practical for your busy lifestyle and individual needs.

We will help you learn how to eat well without giving up great food. Whether you’re seeking to lose weight, address health concerns, increase energy levels, or simply eat better, you’ll reach sustainable goals that are practical for your busy lifestyle and individual needs.

Nutrition counseling is provided to all ages for:

  • Cancer
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Prenatal nutrition
  • Malnutrition.
  • Cancer
  • Reactive hypoglycemia
  • Specialty diets:  celiac disease, gout, food allergies, etc.
  • Sports nutrition
  • Vegetarian diets
  • Weight management

Diabetes Education Staff

Nancy Gummer, RD, LD, CDE, Manager
Diane Brown, M.Ed, RN, CDE,  Program Coordinator
Cassandra Zabel, MPH, RD, LD, CDE
Katrina Larsen, MS, RD, LD
Clarissa Jimenez, Secretary

A physician referral is required for insurance coverage. Medicare covers nutrition counseling for diabetes and kidney disease only. For additional information, call 541.667.3517.