Di­a­betes man­age­ment ses­sion sched­uled

The Southern Berks News - - FEATURES - From Dawn Z. Knepp

De­vel­op­ing a healthy life­style is all about tak­ing con­trol. When you have type 2 di­a­betes it can mean sev­eral things. For ex­am­ple, it means learn­ing how to man­age your blood su­gar, keep­ing your blood pres­sure in check, eat­ing well­bal­anced healthy meals and adding ex­er­cise to your daily ac­tiv­i­ties. Many peo­ple with type 2 di­a­betes strug­gle with ba­sic di­a­betes man­age­ment.

In the United States there are about 29 mil­lion peo­ple with di­a­betes. That is about 1 in 11 peo­ple. Di­a­betes can lead to se­ri­ous com­pli­ca­tions and pre­ma­ture death, but peo­ple with di­a­betes, work­ing to­gether with their sup­port net­work and their health care providers, can take steps to con­trol the dis­ease and lower the risk of com­pli­ca­tions.

If you or a loved one is strug­gling to man­age di­a­betes, the Penn State Ex­ten­sion Din­ing with Di­a­betes pro­gram could be for you. This na­tion­ally ac­cred­ited pro­gram is for adults with or at risk of de­vel­op­ing type 2 di­a­betes. Fam­ily mem­bers are also in­vited to at­tend the pro­gram. Classes are of­fered weekly for five weeks and kicks off with an ori­en­ta­tion ses­sion. Par­tic­i­pants meet again three months later for a fol­low-up ses­sion to check progress.

The pro­gram be­gins March 7, and is held weekly un­til April 11, with a fol­lowup ses­sion on June 6. All ses­sions are from 10 a.m. to noon.

This class, a $200 value, is of­fered at $39 per per­son. Par­tic­i­pants learn how to pre­pare meals that are healthy, sim­ple, and tasty; sam­ple the foods; and learn up to date in­for­ma­tion on nu­tri­tion, plan­ning, and im­por­tant di­a­betes-re­lated med­i­cal tests. A1C test­ing is avail­able for an ad­di­tional cost, and blood pres­sure will be taken at the ori­en­ta­tion ses­sion and fol­low-up class. Par­tic­i­pants are also given pro­gram book­lets and the Din­ing with Di­a­betes Cook­book.

Com­ments from past par­tic­i­pants:

“A great over­all re­view of bet­ter eat­ing habits and it was fun!”

“The class was very in­for­ma­tive with in­for­ma­tion about eat­ing and all as­pects of healthy liv­ing. Recipes were great and easy to make. The whole fam­ily and friends liked them. Com­ing to class was time well spent.”

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.

Penn State Ex­ten­sion Berks County, Berks County Agri­cul­tural Cen­ter, 1238 County Wel­fare Road, Leesport, will host the next lo­cal Din­ing with Di­a­betes ses­sion. The Berks County Ag Cen­ter is hand­i­capped ac­ces­si­ble and all park­ing is free. For in­for­ma­tion about ac­ces­si­bil­ity, call 610- 3781327. For in­for­ma­tion about pro­gram con­tent, please call 610-489-4315. To REG­IS­TER, please call 1-877-345-0691.

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