Class teaches how to prepare healthy recipes

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Participants will prepare and taste their creations

By Special to the Monitor

If you have diabetes, selecting and preparing foods that are low in sugar, fat and sodium can be a real challenge.  The Los Alamos Cooperative Extension Service, in partnership with the New Mexico Department of Health Diabetes Prevention and Control Program will offer a series of cooking classes for people with diabetes and their family members or caretakers.

Kitchen Creations will meet from 4:30-7:30 p.m. every Tuesday for four weeks beginning on Nov. 3 at the Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church.

How to plan healthy meals and prepare delicious dishes that manage carbohydrates without adding extra sugar, sodium and fat will be discussed by Patty Willms, registered dietician and Paula Roybal Sánchez, extension home economist.  

The class participants will prepare and taste healthy recipes and will receive both participant workbook and recipes books.  Each class is different and builds on the previous session so participants will want to attend all four classes.

This program is free to people with diabetes and family members or caretakers.  Spaces are limited, so call 662-2656 to enroll.

Diabetes is a serious and costly disease in New Mexico.  Approximately one in 10 adults in New Mexico has diabetes. Among New Mexicans aged 18 years and older, 7.4 percent had diagnosed diabetes in 2006.  An estimated 1,500 New Mexico children have diabetes.  Diabetes is the sixth leading cause of death in the state.  Although diabetes poses a major public health problem, much of the health and economic burden of the disease can be prevented with early diagnosis and proper care.  Kitchen Creations is aimed at helping New Mexicans with diabetes lead more healthy and productive lives.