Purdue Extension is offering Dining with Diabetes course this February. We invite you to join us as we learn about how to manage Diabetes or prevent Diabetes. Creating a support plan is a key to finding success as you work to navigate your way through daily food choices and meal preparation.

Attendees have noted this class is very positive and supportive in creating a personal support plan for individuals and families who are working to examine their eating habits, as well as revise family nutrition and lifestyle.

Topics Covered in the course:

- food choice

- diet planning

- healthy cooking

- portion control

- medical indicator awareness

- healthy activity levels for those with diabetes

These topics are covered in a classroom setting with a registered dietitian covering the background and biological processes as well as a cooking school setting where dishes are prepared in front of participants for tasting. Combining these settings work well as participants gain an understanding of their needs, as well as how to meet those needs. Participants will also learn up-to-date information on nutrition, meal planning, exercise and how to understand common diabetes-related medical tests. Recipe and handouts will be given to each participant.

Results:

- Statistical study of this program revealed that participants

- feel more empowered and confident that they can take good care of their diabetes or the diabetes of a loved one

- exercised more

- ate more fruits and vegetables

- checked blood sugar levels more often

- practiced more healthy diet habits after the program when compared to pre-program habits

The Purdue Extension Montgomery County office will be offering Dining with Diabetes sessions February with a two month follow-up session in April. Dining with Diabetes is a series of four sessions, including a two month Follow-Up Session. The Dining with Diabetes program is open to those with diabetes, their family members and caretakers, or anyone who might want to eat heart healthy. The series of four sessions is $25 per person and $45 per couple.

Pre-registration and payment is required. Participants are encouraged to attend all class sessions.

Diabetes is a very serious and costly disease, but research has shown that those who learn to manage their blood glucose (sugar) levels eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly can lower their risks of complications and lead a healthier and more productive life.

Purdue Extension Montgomery County is currently recruiting participants for this program. If you have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, or know someone and are part of the support system for an individual and are interested in being a part of this program, please call Purdue Extension office at 364-6363 or email Autumn at alcline@purdue.edu or Joy at jvanest@purdue.edu to register.

Registration and program fee may be sent to Purdue Extension Office, Montgomery County 400 Parke Ave. Crawfordsville IN 47933 by Jan. 14. The $25 per person or $45 per couple program fee includes educational classes, program materials and food sampling. Dining with Diabetes is offered statewide and is sponsored by Purdue Extension, Montgomery County.



Joy Dugan is the Consumer and Family Sciences Purdue Extension Educator for Montgomery County. She has a Bachelor of Science in Consumer and Family Sciences Education with a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialty area of Consumer and Family Sciences and Extension Education.