Dining with Diabetes classes being offered
Posted: Monday, October 6, 2008 10:25 pm
The University of Tennessee Extension Service, West Tennessee Regional Health Department, LeBonheur and the Obion County Health Department are offering free Dining with Diabetes classes and health screenings for diabetics in November.
The Obion County Extension office has been awarded another Delta Grant through LeBonheur to provide free pre- and post-health screenings in coordination with three Dining with Diabetes classes — Nov. 10, 17 and 24. The classes are open to adult diabetics, their family members and/or caretakers. Only diabetics will participate in health care screenings. However, caretakers, as well as diabetics, can participate in all classes.
Diabetics participating in the Dining with Diabetes classes will be screened on Nov. 10 between 9 and 10 a.m. and again on Feb. 2 between 9 and 11 a.m. in the conference room of the Obion County Public Library, which is also the location for the classes. Attendance at all three November classes is required.
This free LeBonheur research study will determine how Dining with Diabetes classes have made a difference in participants’ diabetes management and overall health. Participants will be given a copy of test results within 10 minutes after the screening is completed. “It is very important for our research that participants attend pre- and post-blood screening,” said an organizer.
Glenda Nanney, West Tennessee Regional Health Department’s registered dietician, will teach up-to-date information on diabetic nutrition, meal planning and diabetes complications. UT Extension will prepare diabetic dishes to sample each class day.
Health screenings will be conducted by LeBonheur Health Care lab professionals. LeBonheur Health care will take screenings on weight, height, blood pressure, total cholesterol (HDL, LDL, triglycerides) and glucose. Fasting prior to screenings is not required.
Those wishing to participate may register by calling Extension agent Benita Giffin at 885-3742 by Nov. 5. If she is not available, the caller should leave their name, address and phone number on her voice mail. She will make a return call to let the person know they are registered. Residents who have participated before may participate again.
Participants will receive free “Calorie King” books, valued at $8 each, when they attend the last health screening on Feb. 2.
Published in The Messenger 10.6.08