Diabetes Education

Diabetes Education

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Southwest Memorial Hospital Rehabilitation Department

1311 N. Mildred Road, Cortez, CO
970-564-2352

Jamie Ritthaler


 Research shows that lifestyle modifications, including diet and exercise, are the most effective things you can do to regulate your blood sugar.

Southwest Memorial Hospital offers a nationally recognized and approved Diabetes Self Management Education program designed to provide individuals who have diabetes with knowledge and skills to help them take control of their health. 

Individual sessions

Meet with a diabetes educator for individualized sessions.  Educational sessions can be tailored to meet the specific needs of the individual.  A referral from the patient’s provider is required.

Group sessions

A six week class to learn about diabetes. Class topics include:

  • Understanding diabetes and monitoring blood sugars
  • Healthy eating and carbohydrate counting
  • Medications and physical activity
  • High and low blood sugar management
  • Understanding diabetes related complications
  • Living with diabetes.

A  referral from the participant’s provider is not required.  Anyone can attend.

Pre-diabetes classes

Group setting in which participants discuss risk factors and healthy behaviors need to manage pre-diabetes and possibly prevent or delay the onset of Type 2 diabetes.  A referral from the participants provider is not required.  Anyone can attend.  

Diabetes support group

An opportunity for people with any type of diabetes to learn new information and share their experiences to help them manage living with diabetes.  A participant does not need a referral from their provider.  Anyone can attend. Meets on the first Wednesday each month at 3:30 pm. 

Are you ready to take charge of your diabetes? Ask your healthcare provider if one-on-one sessions, Diabetes Self Management Education classes, or a support group might be right for you. Contact Jamie Ritthaller, Program Coordinator at 970-564-2352 or the Patient Education Assistant at 970-564-2275 for more information. The Diabetes Education Department at SWMH is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.