Adult-onset diabetes is a major public health issue in the U.S. and Delaware isn’t immune to the problem. In fact, Sussex County has one of the highest rates of diabetes in the nation. That’s why University of Delaware Cooperative Extension offers Dining with Diabetes classes in Sussex and throughout the state.
“The American Diabetes Association recommends that people with diabetes consume a healthy, low fat diet consisting of plenty of grains, fruits, and vegetables,” says Kathleen Splane, an Extension educator in Kent County. “By keeping their blood glucose levels close to normal, people with diabetes reduce their risk of developing major complications.”
The three-part Dining with Diabetes program includes education, cooking demonstrations and samplings of healthy foods. The next session begins March 9 in Dover.
All of the dishes prepared at Dining with Diabetes classes not only are healthy but taste good, too. Recipes range from a beef stir-fry entree to reduced-fat, reduced sugar versions of desserts, including an apple cobbler with crumb topping. Before introducing a new recipe, Splane makes sure it is easy to prepare and uses inexpensive ingredients that are readily available at area supermarkets.
“We teach diabetics that there are no ‘bad foods,’ that there are many creative ways to modify sugar- and fat-laden recipes into new, healthy favorites,” says Splane. “Class participants learn ways to reduce the sugar, salt, and fats in favorite recipes without sacrificing the taste.”
The Dining with Diabetes program costs $30 and will be held March 9, 16 and 23. Classes meet from 6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. in the Kent County Cooperative Extension office in Dover. To register, or for more info, call the Extension office at 302-730-4000.