Dining with Diabetes set for Sept. 21

Friday, August 25, 2006

The Putnam County Office of the Purdue Extension Service and the Putnam County Hospital are once again teaming up to offer Dining with Diabetes Cooking Classes.

The fall class of Dining with Diabetes is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 21, and Thursday, Sept. 28, from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

The cost of the two-session cooking class is $20 per person or $30 for a couple. Registration fee covers all class materials including workbook, handouts, and a full meal at each class.

In the past, the cooking series was offered in four, two-hour classes.

But the fall class will be presented in two, four-hour sessions.

Once again, Purdue Extension Educator Jackie Baumann and Sharon Black, RD from Putnam County Hospital, will present the classes, which are designed for persons who have diabetes, cook for someone with diabetes or have a particular interest in learning more about diabetic cooking.

Participants in the cooking classes 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 a number of the recipes that will be provided during the class.

Persons attending the class 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 shows 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.

Anyone wishing to register for the fall classes may send their name and registration fee to the Putnam County Extension Office at 209 W. Liberty St., Greencastle, 46135.

For more information on the program or other programs offered by the Purdue Extension Service, call 653-8411.

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