K-State Research and Extension Cowley County, with the help of South Central Kansas Medical Center, will offer a series of classes called “Dining with Diabetes.”

The classes begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday/March 29. The next three classes are scheduled for the same time on April 5, 12 and 19. SCKMC will host the classes at its specialty clinic.

“We have a few more spots available for the class and will continue to add names to a waiting list — if needed,” said Extension Agent Becky Reid. “The registration fee of $25 covers all four classes and includes lunch.”

Diane Ray, registered dietitian and nutritionist for SCKMC, will co-facilitate the class with Reid.

“Dining with Diabetes” is a series of two-hour classes that will teach lessons that focus on:

  • the best ways to take care of yourself if you have diabetes;
  • healthful food choices, including familiar foods;
  • low-impact physical activity;
  • food sampling;
  • cooking techniques using herbs, spices, reduced-fat foods and artificial sweeteners.

“About 1 in 10 Kansans has been diagnosed with diabetes, a chronic disease characterized by elevated blood sugar,” Reid said.

Diabetes increases the risk of stroke, heart disease, kidney disease, retinopathy that can lead to blindness and neuropathy that can lead to lower-limb amputation.

For more information or to register for Dining with Diabetes, contact K-State Research and Extension Cowley County at 441-4565. Pre-registration is required.

The South Central Kansas Medical Center specialty clinic is located at 6403 Patterson Pkwy.