Improving Your Health

At CHI St. Vincent, we are committed to improving the health of people at risk for diabetes or those living with diabetes. We know it can be a struggle, so we offer:

  • Group Classes
  • Individual
  • Nutrition Therapy
  • Gestational
  • Prevention
  • Support Groups

For more information about Diabetes Education Classes, call: 

501.552.5870 (Little Rock), 501.622.1751 (Hot Springs)

In partnership with your physician, our diabetes educators provide a variety of outpatient services at most CHI St. Vincent locations. A physician referral is required for individual instruction, group classes, nutrition therapy and gestational education. Check with your insurance company to see if Diabetes Education is a covered service.

Diabetes Education: Individual

Educators are available to instruct you and your family on the basics of self-management and nutrition. Individual instruction in insulin therapy is also available. Our instructors will assist you in the selection of the most appropriate monitor.

Diabetes Education: Group

If you are newly diagnosed with diabetes or have been diagnosed in the past, the classes will help you improve your diabetes control. Classes are taught by a registered nurse/ diabetes educator and dietitian. Topics include:

  • What is diabetes?
  • Types of contributing factors
  • Blood sugar monitoring
  • Treatment options
  • Nutrition and meal planning
  • Medications and insulin
  • Exercise
  • Preventing and managing high and low blood sugar
  • Preventing and managing complications
  • Learning to live with diabetes
  • Goal setting and life style change

Nutrition Therapy

Nutrition plays an important role in your health. A dietitian will provide individualized information based on your lifestyle and treatment plan. Topics include:

  • Meal planning
  • Carbohydrate counting
  • Reading food labels
  • Dining out
  • Weight management
  • Cholesterol and blood pressure management

Gestational Diabetes

Our Gestational Diabetes Education program will assist you with your special diabetes management needs during pregnancy. The program consists of:

  • Nutrition education including an individualized meal plan – one or more sessions with the registered dietitian
  • Self-management education including blood sugar monitoring, sick day care, target blood sugars – one or more sessions with a registered nurse/diabetes educator.


Pre-diabetes occurs when a person’s blood sugar is higher than normal but not high enough for a diagnosis of diabetes. Call us for current program options.