Be Safe from Diabetes: Local Classes to Prevent Diabetes

A series of nutrition classes are being held to help people who are looking to prevent diabetes and lead a healthier lifestyle.

One series of classes in Corpus Christi, called "Eat for Your Life," begin Sept. 16, and are completely free of charge.

"These classes are intended to help people to implement change in regard to eating healthier," health educator David O. Leal said. "Everyone's been told to lose weight, but are not quite sure how to put it into practice. Hopefully these classes will help people put those changes into action."

Organizers of the nutrition classes will host three classes. The first class will focus on a "grocery shopping tour." It is more of a tutorial of what healthy options you can get the next time your in a grocery aisle. The second class will show folks how to cook that food for good taste; and finally, the last class will focus on how to choose healthy options when eating out.

The classes will start Sept. 16 will be held every Monday at noon until October. They will be held at the Ben McDonald Public Library on Greenwood Drive. For more information, call 361-826-2356.

There is also another class series touted as an intensive 16-week program that is not free, but is aimed at helping people prevent the onset of Type 2 diabetes.

"Our next class actually takes place in Oct. 14," said Manuel Guajardo, a registered nurse with the Texas A&M Health Science Center. "That's on a Monday, and it's a two-hour evening class, from 6 p.m.-8 p.m."

The classes will be put on by the Texas A&M Health Science Center Coastal Bend Health Education Center. The 16-week program aims to help people manage their weight and prevent Type 2 diabetes.

To register for the classes, you have to be diagnosed with pre-diabetes -- which includes anyone with A1C levels of 5.6-6.4 -- or have a cholesterol level greater than 200.

Organizers say the classes are intended to transition a person with a sedentary lifestyle to a more active one. Plus, you will have monthly one-on-one meetings with a nutritionist.

The 16-week course will begin next month, and participation in the program costs $50. They will be held at Del Mar College's West Campus. For more information, call 361-857-2945.


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