Hill Country Memorial Wellness Center is offering its final 2008 series of classes designed to help those with diabetes manage the disease.
This “Be Well with Diabetes” self-management education program is recognized by the American Diabetes Association. It is recommended for anyone with diabetes or those who are caring for someone with diabetes. All classes in September and October are on Tuesdays from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the Wellness Center conference room.
The program accepts Medicare, private insurance, cash, checks and credit cards. Spouses of class members may attend at no charge.
The Sept. 23 session, “Weight Reduction/Calorie Management,” is designed to help those with Type 2 diabetes learn to manage food portions and how to space meals and snacks in order to manage weight. It will also explain the healthy distribution of macronutrients (carbohydrates, protein and fat) as a tool to manage blood sugar and weight. During the class, popular diets will be critiqued for their appropriateness for those with Type 2 diabetes, and there will be some suggestions on how to prepare tasty foods without adding a lot of calories from sugar and fat.
The Sept. 30 session, “Carbohydrate Management,” will review the basics of managing carbohydrates in the diet. Participants will learn about the glycemic index of foods and how fiber makes a difference in your carbohydrate intake. The use of sweeteners, sugar alcohols and sugar-free foods will be covered.
“The Role of Exercise” will be presented Oct. 7 and will show how exercise is vital to managing diabetes and preventing diabetic complications. Participants will learn how to set exercise goals and establish an effective exercise program. Medication and food considerations will be taught as they relate to exercising.
“Meal Planning” will be Oct.14 and will show how having a proper diet when managing diabetes is essential for success. A registered dietitian will teach participants how to create personalized, well-balanced and healthy meal plans and menus. Eating-out guidelines specific to the local hill country restaurants will also be discussed.
To register for any of these classes or learn more about educational opportunities to manage diabetes or prediabetes, call the Wellness Center at 997-1355.