UD Cooperative Extension offers cooking program for people with diabetes

September 30, 2013 under Cooperative Extension

Diabetes is a serious, common and costly disease affecting 25 million people nationwide. In Delaware, the prevalence rate is slightly higher than that of the nation, with an estimated 66,000 Delawareans over the age of 18 currently diagnosed with diabetes, or roughly 9.7 percent of the population.

Because of this, University of Delaware Cooperative Extension has developed a Dining with Diabetes workshop to help teach those afflicted with the disease how to reduce sugar, salt and fat in foods without giving up good taste.

The program is a series of three class sessions and it includes diabetes education, cooking demonstrations and tasting of healthy foods. After each lesson, participants will take home recipes and knowledge about how to manage diabetes in their daily lives.

The classes this year will be offered from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays throughout October, starting on Tuesday, Oct. 8.

The classes will take place in the New Castle County Cooperative Extension office, 461 Wyoming Road, Newark, and the cost for the three-class session is $45.

There will also be classes offered in Sussex County on Nov. 7, 14, and 21 from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. These classes will take place in the Harbeson United Methodist Church Hall, 18636 Harbeson Road, and the cost for these three sessions is also $45.

Attendance is limited to the first 50 people to register.

For more information on the New Castle County sessions, call 302-831-1239 or visit the Dining with Diabetes website.

For more information on the Sussex County sessions, call 302-730-4000 or visit the Dining with Diabetes website.

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