The classes will be held at the UT Extension-Bradley County Extension Building, 95 Church St. S.E., Cleveland, from 5 to 7 p.m. each week. Instructors will be Pam Newton, registered dietitian, Southeast Region, Tennessee Department of Health; and Kaye Smith, Extension agent with University of Tennessee Extension — Bradley County office.
Topics for the four two-hour classes will include the use of artificial sweeteners, preparation of foods with less salt, fat, and sugar, meal plans and the use of seasonings. Students will learn how to prepare foods which are healthier and easier to make. Participants will have the opportunity to taste a variety of dishes.
Participants will learn up-to date information on nutrition, meal planning, exercise and understanding common diabetes-related medical tests. Recipes will be sampled each week with handouts will be given to each.
Diabetes is a very serious and costly disease but research has shown that those who learn to manage their blood glucose (sugar) levels by eating healthier and exercising regularly can lower risk of complications and lead a healthier, more productive life.
A registration fee of $30 for the first person and $15 for an additional family member covers the four classes and is due before the first session. There is a reduced fee for food-stamp-eligible recipients. The classes are open to those with diabetes, family members, friends, caretakers and others interested in healthier eating.
For more information or to make reservations for the four classes, contact University of Tennessee Extension-Bradley County at 728-7001. Reservations need to be made by April 19.
“Dining with Diabetes” is an educational program of UT Extension and is open to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion or veteran status.