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Free diabetes cooking classes come to North Coventry this week

FILE PHOTO — The Spring Valley YMCA held a diabetes awareness event on Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 in Limerick. KEVIN HOFFMAN — THE MERCURY

FILE PHOTO — The Spring Valley YMCA held a diabetes awareness event on Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 in Limerick. KEVIN HOFFMAN — THE MERCURY

By Michilea Patterson, The Mercury

NORTH COVENTRY >> A free diabetes cooking school and educational program starts Thursday afternoon.

Mandel Smith, a nutrition, diet and health educator for Penn State Extension, demonstrates how to cook a healthy recipe during a free diabetes program at the Limerick Green senior community development in February. Submitted Photo

Mandel Smith, a nutrition, diet and health educator for Penn State Extension, demonstrates how to cook a healthy recipe during a free diabetes program at the Limerick Green senior community development in February. Submitted Photo

Penn State Extension of Chester County is offering the Dining with Diabetes program to the public at no cost. The program is opened to anyone with concerns about diabetes or blood sugar levels including people with pre-diabetes, type 2 diabetes and family members of those diagnosed. Participants attending the afternoon classes will have discussions about the disease, exercise to videos and learn nutrition management through recipe demonstrations.

The first class is Thursday, Sept. 10, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. The address is 1565 S. Keim St., Pottstown. The following classes are on Sept. 17, Sept. 24 and Oct. 1. A follow-up class will be held sometime in January.

In each class, people will watch a healthy recipe demonstration then sample the food that’s made. Participants will also have discussions with a dietitian about carbohydrate counting, heart healthy choices and the best food choices for throughout the day.

The free diabetes program came to the Pottstown area in 2013. Normally the program would cost about $40 per individual but is offered free to the community because of a Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation grant. The educational classes are part of a university study and data is collected for research. The purpose of the study is to learn if educational programs about diabetes will help people to better manage the disease. Participants get their blood pressure and sugar levels checked each class and then will see if the numbers have decreased at the follow-up session in January.

For more information about this program and to register, call 610-690-7662 or email Fran Alloway at ffa2@psu.edu.

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