Diabetes is a 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.
To help manage diabetes, the WVU Extension Service in Barbour and Randolph counties will offer Dining with Diabetes classes for individuals with diabetes and their family members starting in late February.
Dining with Diabetes is a once-a-week class that runs for four weeks with a three-month follow-up class. The classes are free, but space is limited and pre-registration is required.
Participants must plan to attend each session and will learn how to prepare meals that are easy, healthy and tasty. Recipes will be demonstrated at each session, and participants will have the opportunity to taste each one. In addition to learning healthy recipes, participants will also learn up-to-date information on nutrition, meal-planning, and exercise. Class sessions will cover such topics as common diabetes-related medical tests, carbohydrates, fats and sodium, vitamins and minerals, nutrition fact panel label reading, and much more.
Series of classes will be offered as follows:
Barbour County, from 9 to 11 a.m. Feb. 25, March 4, 11 and 18 at Philippi Senior Center. Register by Feb. 19. by calling 304-457-3254.
Randolph County, 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 24, March 3, 10, and 17 at WVU Extension Office in Elkins. Register by Feb. 19. by calling 304-636-2455.
Dining with Diabetes is sponsored by the West Virginia University Extension Service with partial funding provided by Davis Medical Center. For more information or to register, call the Barbour or Randolph County Extension office at 304-457-3254 or 304-636-2455, respectively.