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Dining with Diabetes
Wednesdays, May 15-June 12, 10:00am-12:00pm
Penn State Cooperative Extension will offer Dining with Diabetes, a program for adults with or at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, from Wednesday, May 15 to June 12, 10:00am – 12:00noon.
Family members and/or friends are also invited to attend the program. Classes are offered at Generations weekly for five weeks, with a three-month follow-up. This class, a $200 value, is offered at $39.00.
Participants learn how to prepare meals that are healthy, simple, and tasty. Participants will have the opportunity to help prepare recipes and sample the foods, and will also learn up to date information on nutrition, planning, and important diabetes-related medical tests.
For an additional cost of $16.00, A1C (a measure of blood glucose levels) and blood pressure will be taken at the first and follow-up classes. Participants are also given a Dining with Diabetes cookbook and a series of informational booklets.
After taking the class 50% of participants experienced a drop in A1C and 59% saw a drop in blood pressure. Participants also increased their daily physical activity, increased fruit and vegetable intake, and were more confident that they could keep their diabetes under control.
Diabetes is a very serious and costly disease, but research has shown that those who learn to manage their blood glucose (sugar) levels, eat healthy, and exercise regularly can lower their risk of complications and lead a healthier and more productive life. For individuals with pre-diabetes, lifestyle modification information learned in this class can prevent the development of type 2 diabetes and the complications associated with it.
Space is limited. Preregistration is required. Call Penn State Extension Customer Service at 1-877-345-0691 or register online at extension.psu.edu
Dining with Diabetes is an approved research project conducted by Penn State University. Participation in research is voluntary. College of Agricultural Sciences, Penn State, U.S. Department of Agriculture and Pennsylvania Counties Cooperating. An Equal Opportunity University.