The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

March 24, 2013

Program will teach healthy diet for diabetics

Ruth Rice
rrice@tribdem.com

SOMERSET — Diabetics can learn how to cook healthy meals at a series of upcoming classes.

An information session about the Dining with Diabetes program will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. April 3 at the Somerset Senior Center, 1338 S. Edgewood Ave., Somerset.

The Dining with Diabetes program offered by Penn State Extension is a diabetes education and cooking program that helps diabetics fill in the blanks when it comes to preparing meals.

It is estimated that 872,000 adults in Pennsylvania have been told they have diabetes and another 25 percent of adults may have diabetes and not even know it.

Classes, which are helpful for those who have just been told they have diabetes or those who have had it for many years, will be offered weekly for three weeks, with a three-month follow-up class.

Classes will meet from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. April 26, May 3 and 10 and July 26 at the Somerset center.

The program helps people with diabetes and their families learn how to reduce sugar, salt and fat in foods without sacrificing good taste; revise recipes to create healthy versions of familiar foods; stay on track when eating away from home; and work exercise into daily life.

Each class will include nutrition education, food demonstrations and tastings, physical activity and discussions regarding important information on diabetes management.

Participants will check their blood glucose level and blood pressure at the first and follow-up class and receive weekly class handouts, the complete collection of diabetic recipes and an exercise DVD, stretch band and pedometer.

Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries can attend the program at no charge.

Information: extension.psu.-edu/healthy-lifestyles/diabetes or 445-8911, ext. 7.

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