Diabetes is one of the leading chronic diseases in West Virginia. According to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, one in eight West Virginia residents has been diagnosed with diabetes.
The University of West Virginia’s outreach service is working to reduce these numbers and improve overall health through its “Dinner with Diabetes” program.
The four-week program – scheduled for October 25, November 1, 8 and 15 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. weekly at the Mullens Opportunity Center – will focus on nutrition education, cooking demonstrations, healthy recipes and physical activity. .
Classes are free and open to those who have been diagnosed with diabetes / pre-diabetics as well as their family members, caregivers and others who are interested in learning more about creating a healthy lifestyle.
Each participant will receive educational materials and healthy recipes that they can prepare at home.
“Diabetes is so prevalent in our state and across the country,” said Stephanie Lusk, family and community development worker with WVU Extension Service.
“Through this program, we hope to give people the tools and resources they need to deal with health issues and adopt healthier lifestyles. “
Registration is required by contacting the WVU extension office at 304-732-0041, ext. 311.