Now is the time to register for the 2012 Dining with Diabetes classes.
The four-week cooking class is offered jointly by the Purdue Extension Service and the Putnam County Hospital. The class is limited to 14 participants.
The cooking classes will be offered from 1:30-4 p.m. each Thursday in April, beginning April 5. Registration will be accepted until March 30 or when class is full.
In recent years the classes have been offered in the spring and the fall. However, current plans are for the program to only be offered once (in the spring) in 2012.
The classes will be taught by Purdue Extension Educator Jackie Baumann and Putnam County Hospital Registered Dietician Sharon Black. Dining with Diabetes classes are intended for individuals with diabetes, their family members, or caretakers, but are also open to any local residents who would like to learn more about healthy eating and how to eat to avoid or delay the onset of Type 2 Diabetes.
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.
Research actually shows that it is possible to prevent or at least delay the onset of Type 2 Diabetes.
Topics covered during the four-week series of workshops include understanding more about diabetes and carbohydrates; how to cook with less fat and sodium; understanding appropriate portion sizes and tasty ways to include more fruits and vegetables as well as cooking with sugar substitutes and how to include desserts and other favorite foods in a healthy diet.
The cost of the class is $25 for an individual or $35 for a couple who share the same materials. Participants receive a notebook, weekly handouts and get to sample recipes that are prepared each week.
Individuals who attend the classes will learn how to prepare meals that are healthy, easy to prepare and taste good. They will also learn to modify their own recipes and menus for a healthier diet.
For more information or to register for the 2012 classes, call the Putnam County Office of the Purdue Extension Service at 653-8411 or stop in the office, which is now located at 12 Central Square (in the lower level of the PNC Bank Building), in Greencastle.
Check out www.extension.purdue.edu/putnam to view the most up to date info. You can contact the local Purdue Extension Office by calling 653-8411 for more information regarding column topics or to RSVP for upcoming events. It is always best to call first to assure items are ready when you arrive and to RSVP for programs.
March 20 -- West Central Indiana Lawn Care and Landscape Preseason Tune-up -- Montgomery Co.
March 20 -- Cooking Up a Food Business in the Home Kitchen -- Putnam Extension Office
March 21 -- Putnam County Health Coalition -- 10 a.m. at the Extension Office
March 22 -- Farmers Market Boot Camp Series (Safety Plans and Liability Issues) -- Indianapolis
March 29 -- Extension Homemakers Leader Lesson Conference in Ellettsville
April 2 - Extension Homemakers International Program "Chatting about China" 6:30 p.m. at Fairgrounds.
April 3 -- 4-H Junior Leader Meeting, Fairgrounds, 7 p.m.
April 5 - Dining with Diabetes Class I at the Extension Office 1:30 p.m.