The University of Tennessee Extension in partnership with East Tennessee Area Agency on Aging and Disability, East Tennessee Regional Health Department, United Health Care and Rhea Medical Center are offering programs that will help them learn to manage diabetes and learn how to prepare healthy meals for themselves and their families.
Take Charge of Your Diabetes is a free, six‐week, self‐management workshop designed to put life back into life. Developed at Stanford University, this workshop has been offered at hundreds of locations throughout the United States.
Take Charge of your Diabetes class helps:
· To review the relationship between food and blood sugar levels
· To discuss some basic principles of healthy eating with diabetes
· To discuss guidelines for preventing diabetes complications
· To discuss anger, fear and frustration and their management
· And much more
Registration is required and space is limited to 20 and deadline for registration is Sept. 18. This class will be taught in six two‐hour sessions from 10 a.m. to noon beginning Sept. 25 and continuing Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30. The sessions will be held at the Ag Center/Fairgrounds in Evensville.
Dining with Diabetes is a cooking school for individuals and/or family members wanting to learn how to prepare healthy meals. Registration is required and space is limited to 12 people. This class will be taught in four two‐hour sessions from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.. The dates are Sept. 24, 25, 26 and 27. These classes will also be held at the Ag Center/Fairgrounds in Evensville. The cost of the series of classes is $30. Deadline for registration is Sept. 18. Each evening the class will prepare a meal that is both cost effective and easy to prepare.
Attendees will come away from both classes with valuable resources that will help them and their families understand diabetes.
Please call or stop by the UT Extension Office and register. The phone number is 775‐7807 and the office is located behind the Rhea County Courthouse in Dayton. Extension Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. More information about Dining with Diabetes and Take Charge of your Diabetes are available on the Extension Website at:
What is diabetes? According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches, and other food into energy needed for daily life.
According to the National Diabetes Fact Sheet, 2011 from the CDC, diabetes affects 25.8 million people, which is 8.3% of the U.S. population. Unfortunately, the statistics are growing.
There are many questions that people have regarding to diabetes such as “How do I get it?” “How do I prevent it?” “What do I do if I have it?” Both genetics and environmental factors play into the cause of diabetes. Not getting enough exercise and poor eating habits certainly have an effect.
A diagnosis of diabetes comes with stress, change in diet, more exercise, learning to control blood sugar levels and much more. Sometimes, we need that extra push and encouragement to help us learn how to live a normal healthy life with diabetes.
Diabetes is a very serious disease that is affecting people of all ages. Take time to learn more about it. Find out if there is a history of diabetes in your family and if you are at risk. All of these are very simple ways to know more about diabetes and how to prevent it or control it.
· Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, non‐traumatic lower limb amputations and new cases of blindness among adults in the United States.
· Diabetes is a major cause of heart disease and stroke.
· Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.
UT Extension offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin, age, sex, disability, religion or veteran status.