OSU Extension to host March diabetes workshop

Clermont Extension hosted several Dining with Diabetes (DWD) workshops in 2013. The first 2014 workshop, to be held March 12, 19 and 26, is open for registration.
Ohio State University Extension Clermont County will be hosting Dining with Diabetes, a three-class health workshop, March 12, 19 and 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Clermont County Fairgrounds 4-H Hall, 1000 Locust Street, Owensville.

Dining with Diabetes (DWD) is a series of classes conducted by OSUE’s Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) staff and community health partners. The program helps individuals learn strategies to manage their diabetes through menu planning, carbohydrate counting, portion control, label reading and recipe modification. The workshop’s informal, interactive style encourages group discussion. All classes are interactive and include food sampling for three meals along with helpful resources.

Clermont Extension hosted several DWD in 2013, led by its FCS staff members Margaret Jenkins and Mona Glover. Community health partner Robert Westbrook, pharmacist and owner of The Pill Box Pharmacy in Amelia, also presented in the series. Westbrook is a certified diabetes educator.

“Participants realize food choice does not eliminate favorite foods altogether but requires consumption in limited amounts to maintain healthy blood sugar levels,” Glover said. “This is a new way for individuals to approach eating and requires making lifestyle changes to support health.”

Diabetes is a health problem for many Ohioans. According to statistics released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and a study done by the Ohio Department of Health, more than 830,000 adult Ohioans have been diagnosed with diabetes.

An additional 200,000 are estimated to have diabetes and don’t know it.

The cost for the three-class DWD workshop is $15 per participant. To download a registration form, visit http://clermont.osu.edu. Please contact Clermont Extension at (513) 732-7070 if any questions. Classes for June, September and November classes are being planned, and those dates will be announced soon.

OSUE Clermont County is a non-formal education branch of OSU.

The office merges needs of local citizens with OSU’s research through four focus areas: Family & Consumer Sciences, 4-H Youth Development, Agriculture & Natural Resources and Community Development.