Do Well Be Well With Diabetes and Fantastic Food with Flair!

Do you have type 2 diabetes?   Do you have questions that are unanswered or you just want the facts?  Would you like to learn how to manage your diabetes and prepare dishes using simple ingredients?  If so, please join us for Do Well, Be Well with Diabetes and Fantastic Food with Flair!

According to the CDC, http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/atlas/countydata/atlas.html, there were 2,149 people diagnosed with diabetes (10.3%) in Austin County.  Do Well, Be Well with Diabetes is an educational program offered on a yearly basis for people with type 2 diabetes.  The classes will be conducted by area physicians and health and nutrition professionals.  The four week series will address topics such as “How Food Affects Your Blood Glucose”, “Are You Eating the Right Number of Carbs?”,  “Beyond the Diet: Improving Your Blood Glucose Control with Physical Activity”, Beyond the Diet & Physical Activity:  Improving Your Blood Glucose Control with Medication”, and “Celebrating Diabetes Control:  Having Your Cake (or Snack) and Eating it, Too!  While Avoiding Complications.  The classes are scheduled for for Monday, November 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th. 

Classes with food preparation will begin at 6:00 pm (Nov 6th & 20th ) and classes without food preparation will start at 6:45pm (Nov 13th & 27th) at the Austin County Courthouse Basement Meeting Room (1 East Main, Bellville, TX)   Pre-registration will run from now until October 31st and the cost for the program is $45.00 per person.  Please add $5.00 as of November 1st ($50.00).  Evening refreshments will be served when no cooking class is scheduled.  Caregivers of type 2 diabetes individuals are encouraged to participate too.  The primary goal is to help participants learn how to manage their meal plan and self-care to maintain their blood glucose in the ranges recommended by the American Diabetes Association.  The program is being sponsored by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, CHI St. Joseph Health Bellville Hospital, and the Department of State Health and Human Services.  You can do well and be well with diabetes! Register today by completing a registration form which can be found at http://austin.agrilife.org, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office or at local pharmacies.  For additional information, please contact Michelle Allen with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service at (979)865-2072.

The members of Texas A&M AgriLife will provide equal opportunities in programs and activities, education, and employment to all persons regardless of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation or gender identity and will strive to achieve full and equal employment opportunity throughout Texas A&M AgriLife.

Individuals with disabilities who require an auxiliary aid, service or accommodation in order to participate in this activity are encouraged to contact the Extension Office in Austin County at least eight days prior to the program for assistance.

Michelle Allen is the county extension agent of Family and Consumer Sciences.  She can be reached at (979) 865-2072 or by email:  michelle.allen@ag.tamu.edu