Free cooking class helps diabetics

Brenda Bishop

A special cooking school aimed at helping people with diabetes learn how to prepare delicious foods and manage their blood sugar levels will be held in February. The school will meet for three hours each Monday in February (Feb. 7, 14, 21 and 28) from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. The classes will be held in the kitchen at the new extension office in the Terry Turner building located at 216 E. Center St. The schools are funded by a grant from the Department of Health and will be free of charge.

The classes will be taught by Jessie Robinson and Brenda Bishop. Karen Halderson, a certified diabetes educator and the extension diabetes specialist will be at one session to answer questions and discuss medications.

The first session will cover meal planning. The second session will cover carbohydrates and desserts. The third session will cover side dishes and the last session will be main dishes and low-fat cooking. Participants will receive a notebook full of information, two cookbooks, and a special gift. During each class, participants will prepare and sample four dishes which will make a balanced, complete meal.

Seating at this cooking school will be limited to 20 people. Spots fill fast so call soon. The cooking school is free but pre-registration is a must and the participants must plan on attending all four sessions. The cooking school is sponsored by the Quay County Extension Service. Call 461-0562 for more information.

If you have a disability and are in need of auxiliary service in order to participate in this program, call Brenda at 461-0562 before Feb. 2. The Quay County Cooperative Extension Service, as a field office of New Mexico State University, is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.