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Diabetes Programs

South Dakota Urban Indian Health (SDUIH) has a broad diabetes program that provides diabetic care for all individuals regardless of race.  The program has many special ways to provide culturally sensitive and quality information to Native Americans with diabetes and works to meet the needs of the patients and their families.  The SDUIH Diabetes Programs follows the Indian Health Service standards of care for diabetes management and uses an electronic diabetes management record system to monitor the patients care.

The Diabetes Program’ s goal is for patient’s to:

  • Learn how to prevent or delay diabetes and health complications
  • Know how to control and maintain good health with diabetes

Healthy Eating & Fitness

Fitness Center:

SDUIH strongly believes that good health is closely related with staying physically active.  Both Pierre and Sioux Falls have Fitness Centers located in the clinic and are open M-F from 8:00 – 5:00 and is FREE for all SDUIH patients, over the age of 18 to use.

Fitness Center Equipment includes:

  • Treadmills
  • Weight machines
  • Ellipticals
  • Recumbent Bikes

Healthy Eating (Teaching Kitchen)

South Dakota Urban Indian Health (SDUIH) offers personalized nutrition counseling by a contracted Registered Dietitian/Licensed Nutritionist (RD/LN). We believe that what you eat plays a vital role in helping you achieve and maintain good health.

Our Health Eating services include

  • Personalized grocery store shopping tours – where the patient learns how to shop for better selections of healthier foods.
  • A complete nutrition assessment that includes the patient's nutrition and lifestyle factors.
  • Helping the patient identify practical and achievable nutrition goals
  • Developing individualized nutrition treatment plans that matches the individual's goals, lifestyle and preference.

Individual nutrition counseling is available for:

  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Cardiovascular complications
  • Diabetes
  • Weight management
  • Sports nutrition
  • Anorexia/Bulemia
  • Celiac sprue
  • Food allergies/intolerances
  • Kidney disease

A Teaching Kitchen is available in the Pierre clinic for group or individual classes on how to prepare health meals.


Foot Care

South Dakota Urban Indian Health (SDUIH) believes that proper foot care is essential in diabetic treatment. Specialized staff provides comprehensive high-risk foot care for patients suffering from diabetes helping to prevent new or more serious problems from occurring.

Foot Care Services:

  • Proper foot care is necessary in diabetic care/treatment
  • Foot Care exams are part of the patient’s annual visit

Foot Care exam services include:

  • Inspection and Monitoring Mono-filament Test
  • Trimming and cutting toenails
  • Shaving corns and calluses (prevents skin ulcers)
  • Treatment of foot ulcers, infections and in-grown toenails
  • Referral to a Podiatrist (foot specialist) if needed.
Diabetes Education - ADA Accredited

South Dakota Urban Indian Health (SDUIH)

Diabetes education program has an integrated diabetes education team who collaborate to provide culturally-sensitive and quality diabetes information to our patients. Our goal is to maintain health and prevent/delay complications through needs assessment, education intervention, and education intervention and education follow-up. Primary prevention strategies are utilized to promote wellness to individuals and the community. Patients are educated on diabetes topics based on needs assessment and diabetes knowledge surveys. Diabetes education is then provided to clients in an individual and/or group setting per the patient's choice.

Diabetes Education

American Diabetes Association (ADA) Accredited

  • Services are provided by a Diabetes Care Manager, Registered Dietician and Licensed Nutritionist
  • Diabetes Health Needs Assessment
  • Diabetes Knowledge Surveys
  • Diabetes Education (Individual or Group)
  • Earn Crock Pots, Electric Griddle
  • Grocery Store Tours with Diabetes Staff


Signs & Symptoms

There are 21 million Americans with diabetes - and nearly one-third of them (or 6.2 million people) don't know it! Take this test to see if you are at risk for having diabetes. If you weigh the same or more than the amount listed for your height, you may be at risk for diabetes. Take the Assessment