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Event tonight offers recipe to fight diabetes


The Daily Reflector

Thursday, November 15, 2018

The Pitt County Health Department with support from Vidant Health Foundation will host an free event today to help people prevent and manage diabetes.

Local experts will lead “Recipe for Success: Prevention and Management of Diabetes” from 4-5 p.m. at the Pitt County Agricultural Center at 403 Government Circle in Greenville. The National Diabetes Awareness Month event is free and open to anyone interested in learning about diabetes risk, prevention and management.

It will highlight two local programs: the N.C. Minority Diabetes Prevention Program and the Diabetes Self-Management Education program, a health department news release said. These programs offer education about pre-diabetes and diabetes, with a focus on how to make healthy lifestyle changes to lower the risk of developing diabetes, or managing diabetes well for those living with this diagnosis.

The event also will include success stories and testimonies from those living with diabetes and pre-diabetes. A cooking demonstration will showcase an easy-to-make healthy black bean soup which participants will have the opportunity to sample and take home a recipe. Registered dietitians, nurses and diabetes educators will be onsite to provide education and answer questions.

Diabetes is a chronic, widespread condition characterized by high blood sugar in which the body does not produce enough insulin or properly use insulin, the hormone needed to transport glucose (sugar) from the blood into the cells of the body for energy.

It is estimated that almost 30 million Americans have diabetes, plus an estimated 86 million have prediabetes. In Pitt County, almost one in every five people has prediabetes or diabetes. With both prediabetes and diabetes, lifestyle changes that focus on healthier eating, increased physical activity, stress reduction and coping skills can improve quality of life.

The Pitt County Health Department also offers an ongoing class series and a monthly support group aimed at helping adults living with diabetes or prediabetes to develop a self-management plan that works for them.