• Having a Baby at MHP was all about Family for the Bellingers
    Having a Baby at MHP was all about Family for the Bellingers

    Bryon and Christy Bellinger are the proud parents of 11-year-old Terryk, and recently welcomed George Ivan, born July 6, 2016. They wouldn’t have dreamed o…

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  • Dean Strawn Credits MHP Physical Therapy for Getting Him Back on His Feet
    Dean Strawn Credits MHP Physical Therapy for Getting Him Back on His Feet

    D is for Determination! Without it, Dean Strawn and his wife, Jane, along with his Physical Therapists at MHP, say he wouldn’t be walking, talking and m…

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  • After Hysterectomy, Tami O'Day Back to Work in 11 Days
    After Hysterectomy, Tami O'Day Back to Work in 11 Days

    With a household of eight to care for and a fulltime job, the last thing Tami O’Day of Oskaloosa was making time for was herself. Tami thought her m…

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  • Larry Spoelstra Gets to the Bottom of Health Concerns with Collaborative Care at MHP
    Larry Spoelstra Gets to the Bottom of Health Concerns with Collaborative Care at MHP

    When it comes to healthcare, being able to continue working without interruption is a common concern for many, Larry Spoelstra is no different. “I’ve liv…

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  • Janean Wedeking’s Family Gets a Little Bigger with MHP
    Janean Wedeking’s Family Gets a Little Bigger with MHP

    Janean and Derek Wedeking know the value of family, both personally and professionally. Janean is a fourth year medical student who has been on rotations…

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FowlerHeadshotJeffrey Fowler, DO

Dr. Jeffrey Fowler is an OB/GYN at MHP who specializes in the obstetrical and gynecological care for women through every stage of life.

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22 September 2016
You’ve heard of type 1 and type 2 diabetes, but what about prediabetes? When your blood sugar levels are high but not quite high enough to qualify as type 2 diabetes, you may be diagnosed with prediabetes. So what in the world does that mean? Well, according to MHP Registered Dietitian Lea Rice, it’s not a sentence for type 2 diabetes! In fact, this diagnosis is a great opportunity to look at your health and make adjustments before developing dia...
15 September 2016
Did you know that nearly 75% of all colon cancers can be prevented with healthy lifestyle choices? MHP General Surgeon Paul Riggs, MD, FACS, does know, which is why he is such an advocate for healthy colon habits! Screenings are an important tool in monitoring the health of your colon but there is a lot you can do between screenings to help this important organ do its best work! Your colon is responsible for helping you digest food and get valuab...

Diabetes Education

The rate of diabetes among adults in Mahaska County, Iowa is 7.4%. That may not seem like a very high number, but for those living with diabetes, their families and caregivers, its impact is heavily felt. More worrisome is the percentage of people at risk for Type 2 diabetes in Mahaska County: 27.7% of adults here are obese. Obesity is one of the top predictors of Type 2 diabetes, but fortunately, the disease is 100% preventable.

At Mahaska Health Partnership, we devote significant resources to helping families prevent and control diabetes by providing education and support. Our dedicated Certified Diabetes Educator, Sharon Ferguson, RN, conducts inpatient and outpatient counseling, teaches classes, and leads support groups to assist those living with diabetes.

  • The Diabetes Prevention Program is an educational class for anyone at high risk for developing Type 2 diabetes.

  • The Diabetes WISE (Wellness In Self-Management) program is designed to help people living with diabetes improve their health and wellness.

  • The Diabetes Support Group is for anyone suffering from diabetes, their loved ones, friends, and caregivers. The group meets on the second Wednesday of every month at the Cedar Bluff Learning Center (entrance #3) to share information, stories, and support.

You don’t have to face diabetes alone. Mahaska Health Partnership is here to help.

For more information, please see our Diabetes Education Available Services page.