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WVU Extension expands Dining with Diabetes program in West Virginia

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Interest in better health and nutrition is growing. As West Virginians continue to battle chronic disease in the state, WVU Extension Service is bringing education and resources to address one of those chronic illnesses.

Dining with Diabetes is a popular program focused on enhancing overall health, including those who suffer from diabetes or who are pre-diabetic. The four-week program, which will be offered virtually in May, provides nutrition education, cooking demonstrations, healthy recipes and physical activity. The classes are free and open to those who have been diagnosed as diabetic/pre-diabetic, 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 they can make at home.

“During our first online sessions, it was great to see individuals from around the state come together to learn more about living with diabetes,” Ric Rodriguez, former WVU Extension Family and Community Development agent, said. “The Dining with Diabetes program provides an opportunity for community members to learn how to prepare healthy meals that are easy and tasty. It also provides an opportunity to learn up-to-date information on nutrition, meal planning and exercise. It truly was impressive to see the response and learning that took place during our new virtual format.”

The next cohort of Dining with Diabetes will be offered May 5, 12, 19 and 26 from 1 to 3 p.m.

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Tara Curtis

Director of Communications & Marketing

WVU Extension Service