Submitted by MSU Extension

REED CITY — Reed City area residents with diabetes or those who want to prevent the disease can learn how to make healthy food choices and incorporate balanced menus into the family dining experience.

Dining with Diabetes, a four-week program, includes research-based education, food preparation demonstrations and healthy recipe tasting.

The workshops will be from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Mondays beginning Feb. 6, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, located at 22275 Four Mile Road, in Reed City.

Participants of the program receive a textbook and materials, and learn cooking and food skills focused on preparing low-fat, low-sodium and low-carbohydrate foods that taste good, according to Michigan State University Extension Educator Pam Daniels.

The goals of the classes are for participants to learn self-management skills surrounding their health, and to work closely with their health care providers.

“This is a great class for anyone with or at-risk of diabetes,” Daniels said. “We have many participants who don’t have diabetes but come to learn about the disease and how to eat healthier. You’d be hard pressed to find a more hands-on and knowledgeable chef than Don Zimmer.

“He is fantastic. He teaches everything from how to hold a knife to introducing affordable spices and herbs to enhance foods flavor.”

The goals of the free classes are for participants to learn self-management skills surrounding their health, and to work closely with their health care providers.“I have learned some important lessons on serving size and how to measure foods,” said Adele Stevenson, of Big Rapids, who recently participated in a class. “It got me back on track recording my blood sugar each day.”

Registration is required as class size is limited to 15 participants. For more information or to register by Thursday, Feb. 2, call Lisa Baker at MSU Extension at (231) 592-0792.