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‘Dining with Diabetes’ course scheduled

By Staff | Jan 28, 2011

KEARNEYSVILLE – Approximately 12 percent of West Virginia adults have been diagnosed with diabetes, according to West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.

The West Virginia University Extension Services Office in Jefferson County will offer a course it designed called “Dining with Diabetes.” The course educates attendees about diabetes, menu planning, food demonstrations, taste testing plus a component about healthy activity choices. They discuss the many exercise options available, even from an armchair.

Classes have been conducted for almost 10 years. It is funded by the Center for Disease Control and DHHR.

“The course has been so successful in helping diabetic patients that it is now being used in 27 other states,” said Judy Matlick, WVU extension agent. “If you or someone in your family has diabetes, you should consider taking this course.”

The course is taught by two diabetic educators from Jefferson Memorial Hospital, Director of Education Valerie Penick, RN, and Dietician Carolyn Sagle. Penick discusses the pathways of diabetes, what good blood sugar levels should be, the importance of regular dental and eye exams and taking time to exercise.

“Staying healthy as a diabetic takes a lot of work, a lot of determination. Support from your family can help you change a lifetime of eating habits,” Penick said.

They conduct an A1C blood test on participants at the start of the course. This test measures the average glucose level over the past three months. Then to evaluate how much the students have absorbed they do a follow up test three months later.

The students will receive an entire set of reduced fat or low carbohydrate recipes throughout the course.

This course is free and open to everybody who is diabetic or has a family member who is diabetic. The class will be Feb. 15, March 1, 15, 29. It will be from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Jefferson County Public Service Building, 1948 Wiltshire Rd. Kearneysville. The follow up class will be May 10.

To register call 304-728-7413, ext. 3 or 7.