There are 23.6 million people in the United States, or 8 percent of the population, with diabetes. With good diabetes control, there is less risk of developing the sometimes life-threatening complications, said the American Diabetes Association Web site.
The Dining with Diabetes classes offered by the Putnam County Office of the Purdue Extension Service and Putnam County Hospital are designed to help people with diabetes reduce their risk of those serious complications. Participants will be given up-to-date information on nutrition, meal planning, exercise and how to understand common diabetes related medical tests.
There are four classes -- Nov. 3, 10, 17 and 24 -- in the 2008 fall series. They are from 1 to 3 p.m. in the classroom on the third floor of the Putnam County Hospital, Bloomington Street. Jackie Baumann, Extension educator, and Sharon Black, hospital registered dietician, will teach the series.
There is a limit of 14 participants per class. The cost of $20 per person or $30 per couple includes course notebook, handouts and sample foods at each class.
They are open to family members and caretakers of people with diabetes and local residents who want to know the best way to prevent or delay the onset of Type 2 Diabetes.
The deadline to register is Monday or until the classes are full.
For more information or to register, call 653-8411. Registration fees can be sent to: Putnam County Extension Office, 209 W. Liberty St., Greencastle, IN 46135.