Diabetes Education

Join us for YVMC's annual Diabetes Exhibit!

Monday, April 14 • 3:30 - 7:00 p.m. • YVMC Conference Rooms 2 & 3

Ask Questions of representatives from the following companies:

• Anytime Fitness 

• Dexcom

• Medtronic

• Sanofi

• Savor Your Health

• Tandem Diabetes Care

• YVMC Language Interpretive Services

• YVMC Integrated Health

Learn more about managing diabetes, latest technology and support available to help you manage your diabetes.

See demonstrations of new equipment, technology and support that is now available to you.

Don't miss the Author Presentation:

Jane K. Dickinson, RN, PhD, CDE will be presenting

Diabetes Information on the Internet: Accessing and Sorting Through It

Conference Room 1 • 3:30 p.m.

We hope to see you there!

Request an appointment by calling 970-875-2731

Diabetes Education Program

Goal: To help you live healthier with diabetes and to prevent diabetes
When you need trusted, accurate, timely and practical diabetes information, the YVMC dietitians and certified diabetes educators are here to help.

Introducing your educators

Jane K. Dickinson, PhD
Jane K. Dickinson is a nurse and certified diabetes educator. Since 1975, she has been living with type 1 diabetes.  She has been helping others live well with diabetes since 1995.

Jane earned a Bachelors degree in Biology from St. Olaf College, and then completed her Masters of Science in Nursing from Yale University. She earned her PhD. in Nursing from University of Connecticut. Jane was the program coordinator for the Yampa Valley Medical Center’s Diabetes Education Program for 12 years. In 2011 she became the program coordinator for the Master of Science program in Diabetes Education and Management at Teachers College Columbia University.

Jane continues to serve as a diabetes resource in Steamboat Springs, where she meets with people who have diabetes and provides updates for health care providers. Jane writes about everyday things and how they relate to diabetes on her blog at She strives to be a source of support and encouragement for people with diabetes and those who care about them. Jane lives in Steamboat Springs with her husband and two children.

Pam Wooster, MEd, RD
Pam Wooster is a dietitian and one of the diabetes educators at YVMC. She has worked at YVMC since 2003 seeing hospital inpatients, Doak Walker Care Center residents and outpatients. She counsels these patients on nutrition and education. She addresses a variety of concerns including diabetes, heart health, wellness, and weight management.  Originally from Lincoln, Nebraska, Pam completed her bachelor of science in dietetics at University of Nebraska in 1992 and completed her dietetic internship at Iowa State in 1993.  After passing the national exam to become a register dietitian in 1993, she worked at BryanLGH Medical Center in Lincoln, NE as a clinical dietitian for 7 years.  In 2000, she completed a masters degree in Health Promotion.  She is currently working on becoming a certified diabetes educator. 

Programs at YVMC

Learn About the AADE7 Self-Care Behaviors to become activity involved in taking care of  yourself with diabetes:

Healthy Eating
Being Active
Taking Medication
Problem Solving
Healthy Coping
Reducing Risk

Individualized Diabetes Services

Comprehensive diabetes lifestyle assessment and counseling focusing on your diabetes management concerns for health and wellness

Individualized education and counseling to help you make lifestyle changes to improve your health with diabetes. 

Personalized approaches and plans that help you accomplish your goals.

Follow-up sessions to provide support and solutions to achieve your goals in taking care of your self with diabetes. 

 Coming soon – classes

            Let’s Eat and Eat Well For Diabetes – Meal Planning and Cooking

            Monitoring – What do those numbers really mean?

            Medications – What should you know about your medication?

            Risk Management – How do I get the most out of my health care?

            The Basics of Diabetes - Overview

What are Your Numbers?



Your Result





Every 3 to 6 months




Every visit

Foot Exam



Every visit

Blood Pressure



Every visit

Cholesterol, Total



Once a year

LDL Cholesterol



Once a year

HDL Cholesterol



Once a year




Once a year




Once a year

Eye Exam



Once a year

Dental Exam



Every 6 months

Flu Shot



Once a year

Pneumoncocoal Shot



2nd Dose if Necessary

Frequently Asked Questions About Diabetes


What is type 1 diabetes?


Type 1 diabetes is a disease in which your body does not make insulin and blood glucose levels become elevated in your blood. It is an autoimmune disease that causes the destruction of the insulin producing cells called beta cells in the pancreas. 


What are the signs of type 1 diabetes?


Signs of type 1 diabetes include increased urination, increased hunger and weight loss.  Other signs of type 1 diabetes are blurred vision,

drowsiness, poor stamina, nausea and vomiting, frequent skin and bladder infections.


Who gets type 1 diabetes?


Type 1 diabetes happens most often in children and young adults.

However, people of any age can get type 1 diabetes. About 5% to 10% of

people with diabetes have type 1 diabetes.


How is type 1 diabetes managed?


Type 1 diabetes is managed by taking insulin, monitoring glucose levels, and meal planning with a focus on knowing carbohydrate intake.


What is type 2 diabetes?


If you have type 2 diabetes, your body either does not use insulin correctly

or it does not make enough insulin. When your body does not have

enough insulin or your insulin is not working as it should, glucose levels become elevated in your blood.


Am I at risk for type 2 diabetes?


You are at risk for type 2 diabetes if:

You are overweight with a BMI greater than 25

You get little physical activity (less than 30 minutes three times a week).

Your blood pressure is higher than 140/90 mmHg.

Your triglycerides (a type of fat in your blood) are over 250 mg/dL.

Your HDL (“good”) cholesterol is less than 35 mg/dL.

You have a history of heart disease.

You are an African American, American Indian, Alaska Native, Asian American, Pacific Islander, Hispanic, or Latino.

You have a mother, father, brother or sister with diabetes.

You have signs of diabetes, such as being thirsty or urinating a lot.

You had a fasting glucose blood test in the past that was high (over 100 mg/dL).

You have prediabetes.

The skin around your neck or armpits looks dirty, even after you wash it.

You are a woman with a history of gestational diabetes. You gave birth to a baby weighing more than 9 pounds. Or you have polycystic ovary syndrome (also called PCOS).


Who is getting type 2 diabetes?


In the general it is people over 65 years of age who are diagnosed type 2 diabetes, however the age of diagnosis is getting younger and although currently rare the diagnosis of type 2 diabetes is growing among children especially among Hispanics, African American, and Native American ethnic groups.  Type 2 diabetes effect men and women equally. 


What can I do to reduce my risk of diabetes?
You can reduce your risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Learn how you can take small steps to change your diet, increase your level of physical activity, and maintain a healthy weight. With these positive steps, you can stay healthier longer and reduce your risk of diabetes.


What are the complications of uncontrolled diabetes whether it is type 1 or type 2 diabetes?


Heart attacks and strokes

Kidney disease

Vision loss or blindness

Nerve damage to your heart, stomach, sex organs and other parts

          of your body

Foot problems and lower leg amputations


Trusted Websites

American Association of Diabetes Educators

American Diabetes Association

American Heart Association

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

American Association of Clinical Endocrinologist+ +

Diabetes Advocates

 Jane K. Dickinson