Sometimes I feel as if I’m repeating myself, but it usually pays off! Similar to a scratched CD or record that repeats and repeats, after a while, the words stick in your head. The “Do Well, Be Well with Diabetes” series has been implemented many times, but it has proven over and over to be beneficial to those who attend.
The spring “Do Well, Be Well with Diabetes” series is rapidly approaching and, for individuals who have been diagnosed with diabetes or even prediabetes, the information provided covers questions and concerns about managing the disease. The dates are April 9, 12, 16, 19, and 23. This is a series, where every session covers a different topic, so when you call to sign up, you are covered for all five sessions. Sessions will be held at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office, 1200 W. Houston, Sulphur Springs. Two times are being offered to accommodate schedules, so pick the time that works best for you – either 1:30 or 6:00 p.m. Cost for the entire series is $25 (not per session, but one time only), payable at the first session, which covers materials, refreshments, supplementary information, and door prizes. If the cost is a hardship, let us know when you call – 903-885-3443. A registration form will be mailed to you, which will need to be brought to the first session. Couples sharing a notebook will only be charged one fee.
Experts in the field of diabetes and health will be on hand to assist in leading the sessions, which include:
- Monday, April 9: “Getting Started: How Food Affects your Blood Glucose” – we will cover the difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes, which foods affect your blood glucose the most, and nutrition
labels to help make healthier choices.
- Thursday, April 12: “Are You Eating the Right Number of Carbohydrates?” – this session will cover the reasons and steps to check blood glucose, recommended glucose ranges, what outside factors affect your blood glucose, and discuss carbohydrate “choices” as a part of meal planning.
- Monday, April 16: “Beyond Diet: Improving Blood Glucose Control with Physical Activity” – we will cover the benefits of both aerobic and resistance physical activity, discuss symptoms of and how to treat low blood glucose, and discuss the importance of eating regular meals and snacks.
- Thursday, April 19: “Beyond Diet and Physical Activity: Improving Blood Glucose Control with Medication” – this session will cover the reasons for starting medications, risks of delaying medications, tips for eating out and portion control.
- Monday, April 23: “Celebrating Diabetes Control While Avoiding Complications” – this session discusses complications and prevention strategies, how to get the most from your doctor’s visit, strategies to incorporate sweets or desserts into a healthy eating pattern.
All information presented is research- and evidence-based. This will be the only time the “Do Well, Be Well with Diabetes” series will be held in 2018, so please make plans to attend. “Cooking Well with Diabetes” will be offered in the fall, which is a good follow-up. More information will be available later in the year for that series.
So, scratched CD or record – hopefully this repeat reminder will pay off!
Walk & Talk
Another program provided by Extension is Walk Across Texas. Currently, 31 individuals from County Line Baptist Church are participating and have logged 2,073.08 miles as of this writing. Additionally, four teams of faculty members, parents, and students at Como-Pickton School recently completed the “Walk & Talk” Series. The group met each week for 8 weeks for this spin-off of “Walk Across Texas” to learn about nutrition, the importance of physical activity, food safety, and other topics. The group logged a total of 3,751.42miles. The goal was to achieve 833 miles (the distance between Beaumont and El Paso), which this group easily met and exceeded. Pictured are some of the participants who participated. Meg Garrett, 2nd from left, logged the most miles with 372.5 miles as the overall high mileage participant. The student logging the most miles was Lucas Silva, second from right on front row, with 229.2 miles.
If you would like more information on Walk Across Texas, log onto http://walkacrosstexas.tamu.edu/ and explore the site.
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