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.


Dining with Diabetes Classes Start in March

February 9, 2010 under CANR News, Cooperative Extension, Events

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.