Commentary

COMMENTS FROM CHERYL

Healthy diet an important choice for all, especially with diabetes
Cheryl Walker

I f everyone was eating a healthy diet it would mean: selecting nutritious foods; controlling the portion sizes for meals and snacks; and reducing fat, sodium and sugar in our diet. Eating this healthy diet would help us control our weight which would help control the risks for health problems.

If you have diabetes, eating a healthy diet should be a priority so you can manage your glucose levels (sugar). A five-part series called “Do Well, Be Well with Diabetes” is just what you need to learn to manage your diabetes and reduce your health risks.

The upcoming “Do Well, Be Well with Diabetes” five-part series is for the person with Type II Diabetes as well as interested family members. When the family understands the nutritional and medical issues of diabetes, they are able to help the diabetic manage their diabetes. In fact, anyone interested in learning about eating a healthy diet is welcome to sign-up for the series.

The series will be conducted at the Bea’s Kitchen, 101 E. Main Street, in Cameron. Classes will be taught on the following Wednesdays from 2-4:30 p.m.: Sept. 19, Sept. 26, Oct. 3, Oct. 10 and Oct. 24. E ach s ession w ill c over a different topic relating to nutritional and medical concerns of Type 2 Diabetes. Some of the major topics are: glucose testing; diabetes and exercise; nutritional meal planning; proper serving sizes; nutritional labeling; health checkups; foot care; preventing complications; and eating out.

To sign-up for the class or get additional information, contact the Milam County Extension Office 254-697-7045 or email ce-walker@tamu.edu. The cost of the series is $10 per person payable at the first meeting, but we need you to call or email prior to the classes so handouts will be available.

Mark your calendars to attend each “Do Well, Be Well with Diabetes” series to help you manage your diabetes or understand what is happening with family members with diabetes.

SUPPORT GROUPĀ­— Diabetics support group meetings give diabetics an opportunity to share concerns and successes in man- aging their diabetes. It also gives diabetics an opportunity to keep up with the updates on diabetes management.

On Thursday, Sept. 13 a Diabetic Support Group meeting will be held from 2-3 p.m. at Bea’s Kitchen in Cameron. Information will be provided about upcoming classes as well as a recipe or two to help you manage your diabetes. Join us and keep yourself motivated.

If you have questions, contact the Milam County Extension Office, 254-697-7045 or email ce-walker@tamu.edu.

RECIPES DUE FRIDAY—Be a part of the 100 Year Celebration of Girls Tomato Clubs in Texas. In celebration of the 100 Years of 4-H History, Milam County is collecting recipes containing tomatoes. A recipe booklet will be prepared and be available during the National 4-H Celebration of Tomato Clubs in Texas on Oct. 9 in Cameron. Send your recipes labeled with your name to the Milam County Extension Office with the subject line Tomato Recipe.

Look through your recipe boxes and submit your favorite recipes by Friday, Sept. 14.

ce-walker@tamu.edu


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