The Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service is pleased to offer another session of a 4-week diabetes class titled LEAD with food demonstrations and taste testing/meal in February.


According to the American Diabetes Association, approximately 30 million children and adults have diabetes in the United States. Out of that number, nearly 95 percent have type 2 diabetes. Sadly, the problem is even greater for minority and ethnic populations. Controllable risk factors for diabetes include: heart disease, weight above BMI (body mass index), unhealthy cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, smoking, sedentary lifestyle, unhealthy diet and high glucose (sugar) level. In addition, uncontrollable risk factors include: age, race/ethnicity, gender and family history.


Each class addresses healthy eating and the importance of physical activity. Class topics are as follows:


Class 1: Diabetes management — healthful eating, physical activity, weight loss and medications (if needed), along with general meal planning tips.


Class 2: Benefits of weight loss (if needed): decreasing calories in, increasing calories out, CHO (carbohydrate) counting, using food labels and physical activity.


Class 3: Diabetes complications — stress, plate method vs. CHO counting (making healthy choices), visual cues and activity log.


Class 4: Health Care Team — modifying recipes in sugar, fat, sodium and fiber and increasing physical activity.


Two sessions were held in 2016 and 2017 with wonderful results. Several participants used the skills they learned to reduce their A1c levels and lose weight. Many also incorporated physical activity on a regular basis into their schedule.


The class will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. Feb. 6, 13, 20 and 27 at the Adams Boulevard Church of Christ, 3700 SE Adams Blvd. in Bartlesville, in the dining room located down the hill to the left side of the building. Do not call the church to register. Cost of the class is $30 per person for the entire program to include materials, food samples/meals. To register, send check payable to the OSU Extension Service, PO Box 10, Dewey, OK 74029 by 4 p.m. Feb. 2. Include name, mailing address, e-mail address and home/cell phone number. No physicians order is required to attend this class.


Join us so you can learn how to take better control of your life and health!


For questions about this course or to schedule a program in any area of family and consumer sciences, contact Gale Mills at 918-534-2216 or email gale.mills@okstate.edu.