Dining With Diabetes
Diabetes is a common, serious, and costly disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that the rate of diabetes in West Virginia in 2005 was 10.7%. West Virginia is ranked second in prevalence among the 54 states and territories.
West Virginia is also ranked second in obesity and seventh in physical inactivity. These lifestyle measures combined with the fact that West Virginia has the oldest median age in the nation lead to an expected continued rise in both prevalence and incidence of diabetes.
Diabetes is called a lifestyle disease. Making changes in lifestyle can control diabetes and many of the complications of diabetes. The Dining With Diabetes program was designed to help individuals make these changes in lifestyle. Dining with Diabetes teaches how to prepare meals that are healthy and taste good. Participants will also have an opportunity to sample recipes, practice low-impact exercises and learn about various tests that are important for persons who have diabetes. Visit the WVU Extension Families and Health site to get information about Dining with Diabetes.