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Dining with Diabetes goes virtual

Participants for upcoming program sought

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Do you have type 2 diabetes? Would you like to learn more about your disease and how to live well reducing your health risks? If so, Purdue Extension has a program for you.

The Purdue Extension-Montgomery County office will offer Dining with Diabetes virtually via Zoom in four class sessions 7-9 p.m. beginning Nov. 10. The classes will be held at the same time and location Nov. 10, 17 and 24 and Dec. 1. The Dining with Diabetes program is open to those with diabetes, their family members and caretakers. The series of four sessions is $25/person and $40/couple. Pre-registration and payment is required. Participants are encouraged to attend all class sessions.

The educational programs and cooking school will help adults with type 2 diabetes control their blood sugar to feel better and reduce risk of health complication. Through this program participants will learn how to prepare easy meals that are healthy and that taste good. The lessons will offer the participatns the opportunity to see several recipes demonstrated and taste each one. Participants will learn up-to-date information on nutrition, meal planning, exercise and how to understand common diabetes-related medical tests. All participants will be given recipes and handouts.

Diabetes is a serious and costly disease. According to the American Diabetes Association as of 2017, nearly 13% of Indiana’s adult population has diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes and is a life-long disease where there is high levels of sugar (glucose) in the blood. Type 2 diabetes is often associated with older age, obesity, family history of diabetes, history of gestational diabetes, impaired glucose metabolism, physical inactivity and race/ethnicity. But research has shown that those who learn to manage their blood glucose (sugar) levels, eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly can lower their risks of complications and lead a healthier and more productive life.

Purdue Extension-Montgomery County is currently recruiting participants for this program. If you have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, or know someone and are part of the support system for an individual and are interested in being a part of this program, call the Purdue Extension office at 765-364-6363 or email Monica at monicanagele@purdue.edu. Registration and payment are required by Oct. 30. The program fee includes educational classes, program materials and food demo costs.

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