A new program takes type-two diabetics out of the classroom and into the real world to learn how to shop healthy at the grocery store.
Lydia Rodriguez is one of several diabetics taking a class with the Coastal Bend Health Education Center. This week, the group is learning about grocery shopping, from reading labels to portion control. Even their kids tagged along, ensuring that the knowledge is passed down to future generations.
"I plan on living long, so I plan on taking care of myself now," Rodriguez said.
"For kids born after 2000, one in three will develop diabetes as an adult, or one in two for Hispanics and African Americans and natives," Dietician Mary Beth Robinsin said. "Half our kids will develop type-two diabetes if we don't do something about it now."
The classes are free, but you have to be referred to them by a doctor or health care provider to take the one-time eight-hour class, or four-week two-hour classes.
For more information, or to see if you qualify, call the Coastal Bend Health Education Center at 361-857-2945.
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