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Medical Services Diabetes Self-Management Program

Diabetes Self-Management Program

Diabetes is a serious, yet controllable, disease affecting over 16 million people in the United States, including over 2,000 people in the SSM Health St. Clare Hospital - Baraboo service area. Diabetes can be caused by too little insulin, resistance to insulin or both. SSM Health St. Clare's comprehensive Diabetes Self-Management Program offers classes to help you and your loved one succeed in managing all aspects of diabetes care. 

SSM Health St. Clare's program has individual and group sessions that provide information, guidance in making behavioral changes and methods for ongoing diabetes management. The program is recognized by the American Diabetes Association for Quality Self-Management Education. It is intended for people age 14+ with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, as well as Gestational Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes. 

In individual or group classes, a participant will learn:

  • What diabetes is
  • Nutrition information
  • Medication options
  • How to monitor blood sugars
  • Effects of stress on diabetes and stress management techniques
  • Available support systems and how they help
  • Acute and chronic complications
  • Foot, skin and dental care
  • Health care and community resources

Contact the Diabetes Education team at 608-356-1460 or

Diabetes Support Group

​A free Diabetes Support Group is held the first Thursday of each month at SSM Health St. Clare. 

  • ​Meeting time: Each session is held from 4 pm - 5:30 pm ​
  • Location: SSM Health St. Clare, Lower Level
  • Class Schedule​ 
  • For more information or to register, contact Melanie Mielke or Karen Marshall, program instructors at 608-356-1510​ or  ​