When I was pregnant with my second child, I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes. My doctor referred me to a dietitian who helped me to understand the importance of diet and exercise.

Becky Reid


My family was supportive and I was able to manage my blood sugar levels. Education and support were keys to my success.

Diabetes is one of the most costly health conditions in Kansas. More than 50 percent of spending on type 2 diabetes is for treating health problems that could have been prevented with better diabetes management. Research shows diabetes can be treated and managed by healthful eating, regular physical activity, and medications to lower blood glucose levels.

To help with educating and managing this disease, K-State Research and Extension facilitates the four-session Dining with Diabetes course. This course provides education and training focused on behaviors shown to help people with diabetes to stay healthy. Originally developed by West Virginia University Extension, the program is offered across the nation.

Participants learn what it means to eat well with diabetes, gain confidence in diabetes self-management and learn healthy cooking techniques.

A spring session was held at South Central Kansas Medical Center and participants shared success stories that included losing weight, drinking more water and changing other behaviors that improved their health.

The fall session of Dining with Diabetes will be offered at Winfield Public Library in partnership with the Community Health Center in Cowley County, the City-Cowley County Health Department and William Newton Hospital. Each session will feature different topics and include dinner.

The class will meet from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7, Nov. 14, Nov. 21 and Dec. 5. Local dietitians will be present to answer questions and share additional resources.

Each session includes a main dish, side dish and dessert, mixed in with fun, interactive activities. The course registration fee is $25 and scholarships are available.

Pre-registration is requested by Nov. 3 since seating is limited. Call (620) 221-5450 to reserve a seat today!

Source: www.k-state.edu/diningwithdiabetes

This information was provided by K-State Research and Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Specialist Becky Reid.