Monday, September 15, 2014

Upcoming Nutrition Class‏

Virginia Cooperative Extension’s Living Well with Diabetes Will Be Back in October

Virginia Cooperative Extension’s successful four night education series, Living Well with Diabetes begins on Thursday October 2 and continues October 9, 16, and 23 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.  Classes are held at the McCoart Administrative Center, 1 County Complex Court, Prince William 22192.   A light meal is served from 6:00-6:30 PM as part of the class.

For seven years, Nancy Stegon, MPH, RD has been helping adults in Prince William County learn to live and thrive with diabetes. Her expert approach and knowledge, coupled with an excellent team of speakers, including Dr. Corbin Eissler, MD and Beth Patton, RN.  Certified Diabetes Educator Kathy Reily, CDE, RD explains medications including pills and insulin.  Each participant receives a notebook filled with power point slides for each session, shopping lists, carbohydrate counting tips, meal planning guides and of course, diabetes friendly recipes.

Living Well with Diabetes is open to people with diabetes or those interested in learning more, their families and their caregivers. Registration is on a first come, first serve basis, so sign-up early. The cost is $50 for people with diabetes, which includes an A1c test at the first class and the three month follow-up meeting. Spouses, family members and caregivers may attend for $25. Community Health Center patients, Free Clinic patients, and  SNAP recipients for $30. Costs include four lessons: On the Road to Living Well with Diabetes; ChooseMyPlate and Nutrition/Carbohydrates; Chronic Disease and Diabetes Medications; Meal Planning and Eating Out. Also included are delicious meals and the three month follow up meeting featuring a guest speaker. 

Living Well with Diabetes features a comprehensive curriculum in a small group setting to maximize participation and understanding, while individualizing each class to the needs of the group. The program aims to increase knowledge of healthy food choices and use of medications for families with diabetes or other chronic diseases, demonstrate healthy cooking techniques, promote physical activity as a part of diabetes control, and encourage self-management with opportunities to share and learn from one another.

According to past participants, Living Well with Diabetes does just that! Many have enjoyed the classes so much, that they attend subsequent sessions as a refresher, commenting that they learn something new every time. When polled, 100% of past enrollees said they would recommend these classes to a friend.  

For more information, or to register for the next session, contact Nancy Stegon, MPH, RD Contact: Nancy Stegon, MPH, RD       
   FCS Extension Agent
     Virginia Cooperative Extension
Phone: (703) 792-4764 E-mail: nstegon@pwcgov.org  nstegon@vt.edu or (703)792-4764 Application available: www.pwcgov.org/vce/nutritioned

 
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