Health Management

Medical Center Point
1625 Medical Center Point
Colorado Springs, CO 80907


DaVita Medical Group's Health Management department is comprised of a highly qualified team of educators, dietitians, and medical staff. We are committed to helping patients make changes that will improve their overall health, and enable them to lead healthier lives. Our programs are easily understood and provide:

  • Consistent, up-to-date, and in-depth education about diseases with practical recommendations
  • Communication during enrollment with both the participant and their primary or referring medical provider
  • Participant accountability in participation and completion of the program
  • Tools to be successful in lifestyle changes
  • Group and one-on-one attention for ongoing support
  • Networking opportunities with other participants

If you are interested in any of the Health Management programs, call (719) 635-5803. Most programs require a physician referral, and our staff will assist you in obtaining one.

Insurance: Many of the programs are covered entirely or in part by insurance. Please ask about insurance when you call, our staff will be able to assist you or provide you with the correct questions to ask your insurance company to determine coverage. Most insurance plans do not cover weight management programs, please check with your insurance company to verify coverage.


This class is a collaborative effort by the DaVita Medical Group's Health Management and Pulmonology departments. During a 2 hour session, people with a diagnosis of either Asthma or COPD will learn about their disease, what trigger factors to avoid, and what medications are used in treatment. Each attendee will receive a Peak Flow Meter and learn how to use it and graph the results.

In addition, attendees will learn:

  • Appropriate use of spacers with inhaled medications.
  • The difference between daily/long term and quick relief/rescue medication
  • Pulmonary Function Testing (PFT) – what each test is and what the results indicate.
  • Nutritional and diet aspects of lung disease

A physician referral is required. Please call (719) 635-5803 and we will assist you in getting started. For more information about our Pulmonology department, please click here.


Take Charge of Your Heart Health

Take Charge of Your Heart Health is an education program designed to assist people who would like to better manage their cardiovascular risk. Conducted by dietitians and physicians this program is a group education session combined with an individual physician consult. During the group sessions, you will:

  • Learn about cardiovascular disease
  • Understand heart attack warning signs
  • Identify cardiovascular risks and your own personal risks
  • Learn about choices that are healthy for your heart, such as modifiable risk factors, cholesterol, fats, and their effects on the body
  • Learn about the role of cholesterol medications
  • Visit with a Clinical Lipidologist
  • Establish an action plan with one-on-one help from a physician and dietitian

A physician referral is required to enroll in this program. Prior to your first session, the registered dietitian will begin to develop a personalized action plan for you based on lab results and notes from your Primary Care Provider.

Classes are offered throughout the month. Please call (719) 635-5803 if you are interested, and we will help you get started.


Individual Lipid Consultations

If you cannot tolerate cholesterol medication, have high cardiovascular risk, or have multiple lipid abnormalities, you may benefit from an individual consultation with our board-certified Clinical Lipidologist, Kari Uusinarkaus, MD.

Each consultation begins with a 30-minute initial visit, where you will cover topics such as:

  • Medical evaluation from a cardiovascular risk perspective
  • Diet and exercise recommendations
  • Lifestyle tips for improving risk factors

A physician referral is required to schedule a consultation. Please call 635-5803 if you are interested, and we will help you get started.



Diabetes is a disease that affects both children and adults. Insulin is a necessary hormone the body uses to convert food into usable energy. With Type I diabetes, the body no longer makes insulin so it must be taken daily as an injection. With Type II diabetes, the body cannot produce enough or effective insulin. Frequently Type II can be managed with oral medication, diet, and exercise. Diabetes is more common in African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Risk factors for diabetes include:

  • High blood pressure
  • A family history of diabetes
  • Having gestational diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • Being overweight and leading a fairly inactive lifestyle

Anyone experiencing the following symptoms should be screened for diabetes:

  • Increased thirst and hunger
  • Increased frequency of urination
  • Weight loss and fatigue
  • Flu like symptoms
  • Confusion
  • Fruity or sweet breath odor

If you are concerned about your risk factors or symptoms, contact your physician. If left untreated, diabetes can lead to significant health problems!

Who is it for?
Those who have been diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome, or Prediabetes. This questionnaire can help determine your risk.

What is the Diabetes Prevention Program?
A one-year program to prevent the development of type 2 Diabetes. You will work in partnership with DaVita Medical Group's Health Management Team toward two goals: losing weight and being more active.

When does the program begin?
The next DPP begins Thursday, April 6, 2017

Where is it?
Classes will take place at DaVita Medical Group's Health Management Office: 1625 Medical Center Point, Suite 210 – From noon to 1pm every Tuesday for 16 weeks, then once a month for the rest of the year. Two additional DPP programs begin in April and August 2017 if you can’t make the first session.

Why should I participate?
Reaching your goal weight may prevent you from getting type 2 diabetes or heart disease. You will look better and feel better. Your health will improve.

How do I sign up?
Call DaVita Medical Group's Health Management Department at 719-635-5803 and ask about the Diabetes Prevention Program. We look forward to working with you!

How much does it cost?
The program cost is $125 for the year.


Medical Nutrition Consultation

Registered dietitians have extensive knowledge about how nutrition, foods, calories and eating habits can impact overall health as well as affect specific medical conditions.
One-on-one consultations with a registered dietitian are available for:

  • Weight loss / weight gain
  • Cholesterol management
  • Carbohydrate counting for diabetes management
  • GERD
  • Adolescent weight loss
  • Celiac disease
  • Nutrition during pregnancy
  • and more!

A physician referral is required to schedule a consultation with a registered dietitian. Please call (719) 635-5803 and we will assist you in getting started.

Healthy Eating During Pregnancy

Healthy Eating for You and Your Baby is a group class designed to address the specific needs of pregnant women and their unborn child. Diet requirements, morning sickness and other issues that occur during the first trimester are discussed, but pregnant women at any stage are encouraged to attend.

A physician referral is not required to attend the pregnancy nutrition class. Please call (719) 635-5803 to register for a class.


MEDIFIT! DaVita Medical Group's Weight Loss Program

To schedule an appointment for weight loss: call 719-448-0075.

You must have a BMI of 27 or more with other medical problems or a BMI of 30 or more with or without medical problems. A physician referral is not required but may help with insurance reimbursement.

The provider may recommend one of the following options:

HMR Program for Weight Management™
The HMR Program for Weight Management™ at DaVita Medical Group offers a lifestyle-focused weight management program to help you lose weight quickly and learn the skills you need to keep it off. All diet options use meal replacements (weight-loss shakes, entrees, soup, multigrain hot cereal, and nutrition bars) to reduce food choice decisions.


  • Weekly classes for weight loss and long term weight management.
  • Lifestyle-change education focusing on strategies for increasing fruits and vegetables, lowering dietary fat, and increasing daily physical activity.
  • A separate “maintenance” component for continued support to practice the skills needed to maintain weight loss over the long term.
  • Support and accountability provided by HMR staff.

Always consult your physician before beginning any diet or exercise program.
For more information on the HMR Program, go to or call 719-448-0075.

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RX Weight Loss Medication

  • Can be combined with HMR Program for Weight Management™, or used on its own.
  • Medical appointment required.

Medicare Intensive Behavioral Therapy

  • Medicare beneficiaries only, must have BMI 30+
  • Weekly one-on-one appointments for the first month
  • Group classes every other week for months 2-6
  • Reassess for an additional 6 months of once a month, one-on-one appointments, patient must have 3kg weight loss within the first 6 months
  • Free for patients: co-pay/deductible and coinsurance waived


Creamy Hummus
2 peeled garlic cloves
¼ cup tahini (roasted sesame-seed paste)
3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
½ tsp ground cumin
¼ tsp teaspoon salt
1 (19 oz) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained
Drop garlic through food chute with food processor on (or use a blender) until minced.
Add tahini and remaining ingredients; process 30 seconds or until smooth, scraping sides occasionally. Yield: 8 servings (serving size: about ¼ cup)

Fruit Salsa
1 cup finely diced strawberries
1 cup finely diced unpeeled Granny Smith apple
½ cup finely diced mango
2 Tbsp orange juice
1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon sugar
Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl, tossing to coat. Cover and chill 2 hours. Yield: 8 servings – ¼ cup each

Veggies in a Blanket
Makes 2 large roll-ups
2 whole wheat flour tortillas
2 Tbsp cream cheese
1 grated carrot
2 lettuce leaves (or handful of baby spinach leaves)
Warm tortillas in a dry pan. Spread cream cheese on them. Add carrots and lettuce or spinach. Roll up and serve or wrap in plastic wrap for snacking later.
Variations: Add thin sticks of cucumber or sweet red pepper before rolling.

A quick and easy whole-grain side dish. Enjoy with hummus in a pita sandwich for complete vegetarian protein. Very easy to adapt - use quinoa instead of bulghur, add feta cheese, and any other vegetables or herbs you have on hand.
1 cup bulghur wheat
1 ½ cups boiling water
Juice of 1-2 lemons
¼ cup olive oil
½ cup minced red onion
1 bunch of flat leaf parsley and/or mint chopped
1 cucumber, diced
2 cups halved cherry tomatoes
1-2 tsp coarse salt
1 tsp black pepper

In a large bowl, pour the boiling water over the bulghur. Stir in lemon juice, olive oil, 1 tsp salt, and let stand for 1 hour. Add chopped onion, parsley, mint, tomatoes, and cucumber and season with salt and pepper to taste. Flavor improves with time!

Sources: Cooking Light, The Ultimate Kid-Approved Cookbook. 2011. Carolyn Land Williams, M.Ed., R.D. Time Home Entertainment.