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Dining with Diabetes Class Begins Soon

March 22, 2017

K-State Research and Extension Cowley County is partnering with South Central Kansas Medical Center to offer Dining with Diabetes. This national extension program is designed to boost the health and wellness of Kansans with Type 2 diabetes and help educate their family members, caregivers and others who support them.  

Arkansas City, KS –     Imagine a gathering with 10 of your friends and family members. Now imagine that at least one of you has a disease that can lead to blindness, amputation, or stroke. The prospect is not at all far-fetched.

About one in 10 Kansans has been diagnosed with diabetes, a chronic disease characterized by elevated blood sugar (blood glucose). High levels of blood glucose are a result of inadequate production of insulin or a resistance to the effects of insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas.  

 Diabetes increases the risk of stroke, heart disease, kidney disease, retinopathy that can lead to blindness and neuropathy that can lead to lower limb amputation.  

K-State Research and Extension Cowley County is partnering with South Central Kansas Medical Center to offer Dining with Diabetes. This national extension program is designed to boost the health and wellness of Kansans with Type 2 diabetes and help educate their family members, caregivers and others who support them.  

Dining with Diabetes is a series of two-hour classes held once a week for four weeks. Lessons focus on the best ways for those with the disease to take care of themselves; healthful food choices including familiar foods; low-impact physical activity; food sampling; cooking techniques using herbs, spices, reduced-fat foods and artificial sweeteners.

Diane Ray, Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist, will be co-facilitating the class with Becky Reid, Extension Agent – Family and Consumer Science.

“Diabetes is not a ‘don’t’ diet, there are a lot of things you can do. This is a chance to increase your knowledge about diabetes and nutrition, but also learn about everyday things that they can incorporate into their lives,” Ray said.

Each class will include lunch and interactive activities related to nutrition and physical activity. The cost for the entire four class series is $25, and the fee can be paid the first day of class (scholarships may be available). The class will meet on Wednesdays (March 29 - April 19) from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the South Central Kansas Medical Center Specialty Clinic, 6403 Patterson Parkway, Arkansas City. Pre-registration is requested to allow for appropriate planning of food and handouts.

 For more information or to register for Dining with Diabetes, contact K-State Research and Extension Cowley County at 221-5450. Article written in part by Mary Lou Peter, K-State Research and Extension News Media Services Unit