The Putnam County Office of the Purdue Extension Service and Putnam County Hospital will be offering their winter series of "Dining with Diabetes" Cooking Classes on Thursday mornings Feb. 15 and 22 and March 1 and 8.
Space is limited in the classes which will begin at 10:30 a.m. on each of four consecutive Thursdays. The workshops are held in the Extension Office Classroom in the Courthouse Annex on Liberty Street in Greencastle.
The four two-hour classes will be taught by Putnam County Hospital's Registered Dietician Sharon Black and Purdue Extension Educator Jackie Baumann.
The Dining with Diabetes classes are intended for individuals with diabetes, their family members or caretakers. Cost of the four-week series is $20 per person or $30 for a couple. The fee covers notebook, handouts and food samples during the classes.
Individuals who attend the class will learn how to prepare meals that are healthy, easy to prepare and taste good. Recipes will be demonstrated, and participants will have the opportunity to taste many recipes. Participants will also learn up-to-date information on nutrition, meal planning, exercise and how to understand common diabetes related medical tests.
Diabetes is a 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 healthier and more productive lives.
Anyone wanting to register for Dining with Diabetes can send their name and registration fee to the Putnam County Extension office at 209 W. Liberty Street, Greencastle, 46135.
For more information on this or other programs offered by the Extension Service, call 653-8411.