Diabetes is a major health and financial problem. In Indiana, 8.1 percent of the population reported that they had been diagnosed with diabetes, compared to the national average of 7.5 percent. Purdue CFS Extension, in collaboration with state agencies works throughout the state to educate citizens on the need to prevent diabetes and to help those with diabetes lessen their risk of long-term complications.
Purdue Extension specialists and educators offer the Dining with Diabetes program to help people learn how to prepare the foods they enjoy in a way that reduces calories, fat, and sodium and increase fiber. Changing these nutritional components in a person’s diet will reduce the risk of complications.
During 2008-2009, 12 Purdue Extension educators presented the program 19 times in 12 counties to 253 people, and 70 percent of the participants completed questionnaires at the beginning and end of the program.
When asked "What did you enjoy most about Dining with Diabetes," 45% of respondents indicated that they enjoyed seeing food prepared, tasting the food and receiving recipes to assist them in preparing the same foods at home. When asked about new things they had learned, 17% reported learning about nonnutritive sweeteners and 26% reported estimating portion sizes using "The Plate Method". Another 14% expressed surprise at learning that there was such a variety of healthy foods for diabetics that tasted good.
The Dining with Diabetes program was thoroughly revised in June 2009 to reflect current advances in diabetes nutrition education while taking into consideration today’s busy lifestyle. Over 40 Extension educators were trained. Task force members include: Jackie Baumann, Putnam County; Kristi Henry, Jay and Blackford Counties; Holly Murray, Franklin County; Laura Mueller, Tippecanoe County; Linda Reynolds, Vermillion County; Karen Richey, Marshall County; Linda Souchon, Johnson County; Edie Sutton, St. Joseph County; Beth Switzer, Hendricks County; Susan Tharp, Clinton County; Georgia
Wagner, Wayne County; and Bill Evers, Donna Vandergraff and Laura Palmer from Purdue University.
For more information about the Dining with Diabetes program contact Donna Vandergraff at: firstname.lastname@example.org.