Las Cruces Kitchen Creations participants in 2016 enjoy the healthy meal they prepared. Kitchen Creations, a cooking program offered by New Mexico State University’s Cooperative Extension Service, has been featured by the American Diabetes Association’s Diabetes Support Directory, a free online tool that connects people to much-needed diabetes support programs. | NMSU photo by Andres Leighton
Kitchen Creations, a cooking program sponsored by the New Mexico Department of Health’s Diabetes Prevention and Control Program and offered by New Mexico State University’s Cooperative Extension Service, has been featured in the American Diabetes Associations’s Diabetes Support Directory, a free online tool that connects people to much-needed diabetes support programs.
The programs featured in the directory are each qualified, ADA-approved diabetes support programs.
There are 30 million Americans living with diabetes, and an additional 84 million with prediabetes. Diabetes support programs provide ongoing support to people with diabetes to maintain and expand upon the skill, knowledge and lifestyle changes gained from recognized diabetes self-management education and support services.
The ADA’s Diabetes Support Initiative assures that diabetes support program curriculums meet the ADA’s criteria for support programming, aligns with the Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes and demonstrates significant positive health outcomes.
“Today, more than 30 million Americans, including over 240,000 here in New Mexico, are living with diabetes,” said Lourdes Olivas, Extension Associate II with NMSU’s Extension Family and Consumer Sciences department. “NMSU Cooperative Extension Services is committed to providing high-quality support programming and resources to help all those living with diabetes not just live but thrive.”
Cassandra Vanderpool, also an NMSU Extension Associate II in the department, added, “We are thrilled to announce recognition of Kitchen Creations by the ADA, and look forward to continuing to help people with diabetes enjoy healthy eating within their communities.”
Every day more than 4,000 people are newly diagnosed with diabetes in America. Nearly 115 million Americans have diabetes or prediabetes and are striving to manage their lives while living with the disease. The American Diabetes Association is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization fighting to bend the curve on the diabetes epidemic and help people living with diabetes thrive.
Author: Adriana M. Chavez -NMSU