Dining with Diabetes class series

Date: April 8, 2014 - July 9, 2014
Time: 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Location: Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital, 205 Osceola Street (conference room #1), Laurium, MI 49913
Contact: MSU Extension Gogebic County, 906-663-4045

NOTE: This class has been cancelled. MSU Extension apologizes for any inconvenience. For questions, please contact MSU Extension Gogebic County office at 906-663-4045.

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 July 9).
  • Classes include diabetes and nutrition education, recipe demonstrations, and samples of each recipe prepared.

Where are classes held?

Dining with Diabetes classes will be held at Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital, Laurium, in conference room #1. 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 July 9. Pre-registration is necessary so that we know how many people to expect. Please pre-register by calling Beth Cook, Registered Dietician, at Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital: (906) 337-6078 OR MSU Extension at 906-663-4045 or 1-888-MSUE-4-MI (Gogebic) or by emailing Lucia Patritto at patritto@anr.msu.edu. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by calling MSU Extension at 906-663-4045 by April 01, 2014, to ensure sufficient time to make arrangements.

Who will teach the class?

Lucia Patritto, M.S., Educator, Michigan State University Extension, western Upper Peninsula with guests Beth Cook, R.D., Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital and Fitness Center staff

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 seventh 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 over the past five years among people in the western Upper Peninsula. Statistics show that 10 percent of the Keweenaw population has diabetes, which is slightly higher than the statewide average. This number rises to almost 20 percent for residents over age 65. And 20 percent of the Keweenaw population is pre-diabetic. Locally, the western Upper Peninsula 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 Keweenaw Peninsula 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 Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital and Michigan State University Extension.

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. You can also download the Dining with Diabetes pamphlet or poster. 

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