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Sioux Falls VA Health Care System

 

Health Education

The staff at the Sioux Falls VA Medical Center have provided a number of ways for you to learn how to live a healthy lifestyle and self-manage your own health.

My HealtheVet

The My HealtheVet site provides veterans and their families excellent, reliable patient education information as well as the latest VA News. Information about veterans benefits and services is also available.

Upon registering with My HealtheVet, you will be able to —

  • Refill prescriptions online
  • Keep personal food and activity journals
  • Monitor your personal health data, such as blood pressure and pain levels
  • Maintain your own self-entered personal health record

Patient Education Classes

Diabetes Education Classes  

Class Description - Diabetes Education Classes are held on Wednesday and Thursday every week at the VA Medical Center, Sioux Falls, SD.  Class includes information on living with diabetes, nutrition, testing blood sugar levels, recognizing and treating low and high blood sugars, and insulin administration.

  • Dates - Wednesday & Thursday
  • Contact Person - Robyn Tyler
  • Phone Number – 1-605-336-3230, Ext. 6158

Nutrition Classes

  • Class Description –
  • Individual nutrition counseling is available for veterans.  Information on nutrition offered during Diabetes Education Classes and during the Lipid Group Clinics.  
  • Contact Person: Ken Johnson, Registered Dietitian
  • Phone Number -  1-605-336-3230, Ext. 6297

MOVE Classes

Class Description –  The MOVE! Program provides education and support to veterans who are trying to lose weight. Individual nutrition counseling and group nutrition classes are available to veterans.  Education is provided by a Registered Dietitian/Certified Diabetes Educator.  There are also support groups available for veterans trying to maintain weight loss.

  • Contact person – Amy Eisenbeisz, Registered Dietitian
  • Phone Number – 1-605-336-3230, Ext. 5992

Living Well Classes

Class Description –  Living Well Classes are for veterans who have chronic diseases, such as diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), congestive heart failure.  The class is held for 6 weeks, 3 hours per week.  Topics include coping with chronic disease, eating healthy, exercise, stress management and talking with your provider.  Participants make health goals during class.

  • Contact Person – Robyn Tyler,
  • Phone Number – 1-605-336-3230, Ext. 6158

Hepatitis C Support Group

Class Description - This group is for people living with hepatitis C or other chronic liver diseases.  The group includes monthly meeting for people to help each other cope with day-to-day issues that occur when living with hepatitis C as well as educational topics presented by different health care professionals.  This group meets monthly for 1-2 hours. Times are available.

  • Contact Person - Robyn Tyler
  • Phone Number 1-605-336-3230 Ext. 6158

Warfarin Classes

Class Description – Warfarin class is for veterans who are starting warfarin therapy or for veterans new to VA health care.  Topics include conditions requiring warfarin therapy, required laboratory monitoring, vitamin K content of foods, warfarin interactions with both prescription and over the counter medications, wafarin interaction with alcohol, effects of common illnesses, and signs of possible adverse effects of warfarin.   

  • Individual appointments will be made for veterans with the Clinical Pharmacist.
  • Contact Person – Betty Monday, CPhT Clinical Pharmacy Technician
  • Phone Number – 1-605-336-3230, Ext. 7029

Erectile Dysfunction

Class Description – Erectile Dysfunction group appointments are scheduled when requested by the veteran’s provider.  Participants in this class are candidates for treatment of erectile dysfunction using oral medications.  Information about how the medications work, interactions with other medications, and what the veteran should expect from the use of these medications.  VA policy about these medications is also discussed.

  • Class Dates & Times – Every other Tuesday 9:30 AM to approximately 10:30AM
  • Contact Person – Betty Monday, CPhT, Clinical Pharmacy Technician
  • Phone Number – 1-605-336-3230, Ext. 7029

Lipid Group Clinic

Class Description-Lipid Group Clinic appointments are scheduled when requested by the veteran’s provider.  Fasting lab tests (blood draw) are scheduled approximately two hours prior to the clinic.  The clinical pharmacist will discuss risks associated with lipid disorders, medications used to treat lipid disorders, goals of lipid therapy, and lifestyle changes the veteran can make to improve lipid disorders.  A dietitian will discuss changes in diet the veteran can make to also improve lipid disorders. Lab results will be discussed with the veteran and medications will be adjusted if necessary.

  • Classes Dates & Times – Every other Tuesday at 9:30
  • Contact Person – Betty Monday, CPhT, Clinical Pharmacy Technician
  • Phone Number – 1-605-336-3230, Ext. 7029

Hypertension (High Blood Pressure) Clinic

Class Description-individual appointments are scheduled for veterans with the Clinical Pharmacist.  Education about high blood pressure includes risk factors, lifestyle changes and medications.  The clinical pharmacist will meet with the veteran to review current medications, lab tests (if ordered), and adjust or change medications if needed.

  • Individual appointments will be made for veterans with the Clinical Pharmacist.
  • Contact Person – Betty Monday, CPhT, Clinical Pharmacy Technician
  • Phone Number – 1-605-336-3230, Ext. 7029

Print Materials

Your provider or nurse will give you information on your medical condition, procedures, etc. to help you manage at home.

A Pharmacist will explain your medications to you at discharge.  S/he will give you a print-out of your medications to take home.