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Dining with diabetes on-line course available
Donna Krug

A couple of weeks ago I shared the educational program in Great Bend titled, “Diabetes: You are in Control.” The statistics are mind boggling. Diabetes is a common, costly, and serious disease. More than 34 million adults in the United States have diabetes, and one in five of them do not know they have the disease. A diagnosis of diabetes can be scary, but studies have shown that with healthful eating and modest regular physical activity, type 2 diabetes can be delayed, controlled and even prevented.

Dining with Diabetes is a K-State Research and Extension health and wellness program that consists of a series of four classes that include, learning, demonstrations, physical activity and tasting healthy foods. The program’s focus is to help individuals learn strategies to lessen the health risks of diabetes.

The program objectives of this on-line course include:

• Increase knowledge about healthy foods

• Present healthy versions of familiar foods and taste testing of recipes

• Demonstrate new cooking techniques

• Provide basic information regarding diabetes and nutrition

• Provide opportunities for sharing and learning from one another and from diabetes health professionals

Dining with Diabetes is a national extension program provided to Kansans by K-State Research and Extension Family and Consumer Sciences professionals and community health partners. The program is a series of four two-hour classes that are held once a week. Classes consist of a presentation on diabetes self-care or healthful food choices; a five to ten-minute low-impact physical activity; presentations on tasty, healthy familiar foods, sampling foods, and demonstrations of cooking techniques using artificial sweeteners, reduced-fat foods, herbs, and spices. 

The program is designed for people with diabetes and their family members, caregivers, and support persons.

Since this is an on-line format, participants can enroll in a class that meets their scheduling needs even if the facilitator is located across the state. I noticed that there are classes set to begin in May and June. The cost of the course is $25.

The following link will take you to the classes that are available at this time: 

Feel free to give me a call if you need assistance with signing up for this on-line course, or if you would like to receive a copy of the fact sheet, “Diabetes: You are in Control.”

Donna Krug is the family & consumer science agent with K-State Research and Extension – Cottonwood District. Contact her at 620-793-1910 or