Penn State Extension to Offer “Dining with Diabetes” Classes

The Penn State Extension has classes planned in both Morrisdale and DuBois for “Dining with Diabetes, a Program for People with Type 2 Diabetes and their Families.”

God’s Clearview Ministry, 1946 Pardee Rd., Morrisdale, will host classes on Thursdays from 1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m., beginning May 21 and running through June 23.

The Church of Our Savior, 400 Liberty Blvd., DuBois, will host classes on Tuesdays from 12 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., beginning June 2 and running through June 30.

The series of five classes begins with an introductory meeting, where the details of each class are described and baseline blood pressure and blood sampling for A1C levels are tested.

Participants learn about the complications of uncontrolled diabetes as well as five tests useful in managing their disease. The following four classes include time for physical activity and recipe preparation and sampling as well as information on carbohydrates and sweeteners, fats and sodium, vitamins, minerals and fiber.

There is a three-month follow-up class, where blood pressure and A1C will again be checked and participants will discuss the challenges of dining out.

“Dining with Diabetes” will target Type 2 or adult onset diabetics ages 18 years and older. Class size is limited to the first 10 registrants and is free for Medicare and Medical Assistance recipients.

Course fees are $40 for individuals and $55 including the spouse, partner, family member, case-worker or caregiver and covers educational materials, recipes and food costs.

For more information or to register, call Cooperative Extension at 814-765-7878. Registration deadline is one week prior to the beginning of the series.

 

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