Begin for Diabetes

by Sara Kelly RDN, LDN, CSG

People with diabetes face a specific set of health and nutrition challenges. Hy-Vee has recently launched a program to help meet the needs of this growing population. Begin for Diabetes is a 10-week comprehensive program that focuses on addressing the physical and mental challenges associated with diabetes.

Session topics include:

  • How to make smart choices when dining out.
  • How to count carbs and plan healthy meals.
  • Techniques to cope with the stress that can come with a diabetes diagnosis.
  • How to prevent complications and spot signs of hypo- and hyperglycemia.
  • To control portion size and keep food logs based on their dietary needs.

“About 29 million Americans have diabetes, and managing the disease can come with a significant learning curve,” said Kristin Williams, senior vice president and chief health officer at Hy-Vee. “Our registered dietitians are here to help educate and support program participants on their journey to making their lives healthier and happier.”

Sara Kelly, Registered Dietitian at West Circle Hy-Vee, recently spoke with KIMT Channel 3 about this new program.

To learn more about Begin for Diabetes, contact your local Hy-Vee dietitian.

Sara Kelly, RD, LD, CSG, earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Family and Consumer Science – Dietetics from Minnesota State University in Mankato, Minnesota. She completed her dietetic internship at the Bay Pines Veterans Affairs Healthcare System in Bay Pines, Florida. Sara has worked in several areas of clinical nutrition, including three years as an inpatient clinical dietitian at a large hospital in South Georgia, and two years as a renal dietitian at a dialysis center.  She is a Board Certified Specialist in Gerontological Nutrition (CSG). Sara is a registered, licensed dietitian and a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She is passionate about healthy eating and has a special interest in geriatrics as well as vegetarian/vegan nutrition. Sara spends most of her free time chasing after her infant son, Weston. Sara provides a variety of services including store tours, cooking classes, health screenings (biometrics) and individual consultations, as well as answering questions in the aisles. You may contact Sara by email at View all of Sara’s posts here.