Donna Krug of K-State Research & Extension-Barton County will share her dietary expertise at a free evening diabetes class sponsored by St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center, said St. Rose Diabetes Educator Gloria Siefkes, R.N.
The class, “More Plants on Your Plate,” is open to anyone who has diabetes, has questions about the disease or just wants to learn more about healthy eating. It is scheduled for 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26, in the St. Dominic Room at St. Rose.
“Donna will share valuable information with her audience,” Siefkes said. “Her knowledge applies to everyone’s diet, and we hope she has a good turnout.”
Krug, who is the family and consumer sciences agent at the extension office, noted that she will provide updated guidelines on balanced-diet recommendations.
“Even if you came to our diabetes session last year, you will go home with even more information after this class,” Krug commented. “There will be some overlap but the more we learn about nutrition, the more information we have to share.”
Class participants will be able to taste a healthy recipe or two.
“Research supports eating a variety of plant-based foods to promote health but most people do not get enough of these nutrient-dense foods,” Krug noted. “Most plant-based foods are naturally low in calories and fat, and have high amounts of antioxidants and fiber.”
“The Dietary Guidelines for Americans” encourages increased consumption of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts and seeds, Krug added.
“We will demonstrate how a busy schedule doesn’t need to prevent you from eating a healthy diet,” she said. “This class will outline ways to prepare low-calorie foods that have flavor and nutrients.”
Siefkes and Krug suggest visiting www.choosemyplate.gov to learn more. No registration is required for the April 26 class.