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Community Education

Designed for individuals living with diabetes and their family members, this program teaches diabetes control. It is sponsored by the Mary Lanning Healthcare Diabetes Program, and includes:

  • Hastings Area Diabetes Education and Support Group – Call for dates
  • Diabetes Health Fair – November 2018
    This community event highlights diabetes self-management skills focusing on fun, information and living healthy with diabetes.
  • El Paquete Total Program, targeting the minority population
  • Camp HotShots Central Nebraska – for children with diabetes ages 6 and up
  • Foot and ToeNail Clinic
    Offered in the Community Health Center and funded through a grant from Sunnyside Foundation.
  • Presentations throughout the community on diabetes management
    Programs are available for churches, corporations, wellness centers and other community organizations addressing diabetes prevention and control.

Call the diabetes program at 461-5318 for more information


Healthy Eating & Carb Counting Class

Learn how to recognize carbohydrate-rich foods, choose appropriate portions, calculate carb intake using various resources and determine your carbohydrate needs.


  • Monday, Jan. 18
    1:30-3 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 24
    3:30-5 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 19
    3:30-5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 10
    1:30-3 p.m.
  • Thursday, Dec. 6
    1:30-3 p.m.

Overview of Diabetes Management

This class will explain the difference between pre-diabetes; type 1 and type 2 diabetes; the importance of glucose monitoring, diabetes management with nutrition, exercise, medication and stress management; prevention of long- and short-term complications; and changing behavior.


  • Thursday, Mar. 29
    1-3:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Sept. 20
    2:30-5 p.m.

What’s New in Diabetes Medicines?

The world of diabetes care is constantly changing. This class will teach you about the newest medications and technologies available to help control and monitor diabetes.


  • Thursday, Feb. 15
    1:30-3 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 17
    3:30-5 p.m.
  • Thursday, Aug. 16
    1-2:30 p.m.


DeAnn Carpenter, RN MS CDE
Nurse Educator, Program Coordinator