Dining with Diabetes

Date: September 8, 2013 - September 18, 2013
Time: 5-7:30 p.m. Central Time
Location: Iron County (WI) Courthouse, 300 Taconite St., Hurley, WI 54534 (Located on Highway 51, with helicopter and tank in front)
Contact: Lucia Patritto, 906-663-4045, e-mail patritto@anr.msu.edu

WHAT IS DINING WITH DIABETES?

  • A free program for people with diabetes and their family members.
  • A series of four classes (with a follow-up class on Nov. 14).
  • Classes include diabetes and nutrition education, recipe demonstrations, and samples of each recipe prepared.

Informational brochure

Event Flyer

WHERE ARE CLASSES HELD?

Dining with Diabetes classes will be held in the Main Meeting Room of the Iron County Courthouse in Hurley, Wis. Signs will be posted.

HOW DO I SIGN UP?

There is no charge to attend Dining with Diabetes, however, you must attend all four class sessions. There will also be a follow-up session on Dec. 9. Pre-registration is necessary so that we know how many people to expect. Please pre-register by calling MSU Extension at 906-663-4045 or 1-888-MSUE-4-MI (Gogebic) or by emailing Lucia Patritto at patritto@anr.msu.edu or the Iron County (WI) Health Department at 715-561-2191 or 1-888-561-2191. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by calling MSU Extension at 906-663-4045 by Sept. 5, to ensure sufficient time to make arrangements.

WHO ARE THE INSTRUCTORS?

Lucia Patritto, M.S., Educator, Michigan State University Extension, western Upper Peninsula

Zona Wick, R.N., BSN, M.S. Director & Chief Health Officer, Iron County (WI) Health Department

Jaimee Gregor, Registered Dietician (R.D.), Aspirus Grand View Health System, Ironwood together with Julann Ritter, R.N., Public Health Nurse, Iron County (WI) Health Department Liana Saari, R.N., Public Health Nurse, Iron County (WI) Health Department

WHAT IS DIABETES?

Diabetes is a common, serious, and costly disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that diabetes is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. And about one-third of people with diabetes are unaware they have the disease. The rate of diabetes has increased dramatically among people in Gogebic and Iron counties. Recent statistics for the two-county area show that about 10.1 percent of residents have diabetes, either diagnosed by a medical professional, or undiagnosed. This number rises to almost 20 percent for residents over age 65.

Locally, the two-county region also ranks high in the incidences of obesity and physical inactivity. These lifestyle measures, combined with the fact that the area has a large percentage of older citizens, lead to an expected continued rise in both prevalence and incidence of diabetes. Diabetes is called a lifestyle disease. It can be controlled by making changes in our lifestyle - changing our eating habits, increasing our level of physical activity, and losing excess weight. These lifestyle changes can control and even prevent some of the complication of diabetes.

The GOOD NEWS for residents of the Gogebic Range is that programs like Dining with Diabetes can help you make these changes in your life. Taking an active role in understanding your diabetes, following a meal plan, and increasing your physical activity are the first steps in controlling your blood sugar level. Dining with Diabetes will teach you how to prepare meals that are good for you and that taste good, too. We’ll give you an opportunity to sample recipes. And you will have an opportunity to practice low-impact exercises and learn about various tests that are important for persons who have diabetes.

NOW IS THE TIME TO TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR DIABETES!

Dining with Diabetes is supported locally by the Iron County Health Department, Gogebic County MSU Extension, and Aspirus Grand View Health System, with funding provided by the Wisconsin Diabetes Prevention & Control Program.

HOW CAN I LEARN MORE?

For MORE INFORMATION about Dining with Diabetes call: --- MSU Extension, Gogebic County - (906) 663-4045 or 1-888-MSUE-4-MI (select 2, select 1, select 46432) or email patritto@anr.msu.edu --- Iron County (WI) Health Department - (715) 561-2191 or 1-888-561-2191

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