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
A popular cooking class series offered by New Mexico State University’s Cooperative Extension Service for adults with diabetes is moving online.
The four-week Kitchen Creations series, co-sponsored by the New Mexico Department of Health and the NMSU Cooperative Extension Service, will be offered virtually over four consecutive Tuesdays, starting at 5:30 p.m. May 5.
Participants can access classes with an electronic device or by phone at no cost. The remaining classes will be held at 5:30 p.m. May 12, May 19 and May 26.
The class series is for adults with diabetes who want to learn how to make healthy, delicious meals, said Beatriz Favela, a Family and Consumer Sciences Extension agent at the Doña Ana County Extension Office. Participants also will learn about food safety, how to plan meals, read food labels and manage carbohydrates.
“It’s hard to imagine that a cooking class can be offered online; however, we understand that in these challenging times, we must be creative and continue to offer programs to our community members,” said Favela, who will lead the classes with assistance from Janae Kraus, a registered dietitian nutritionist, and other Extension agents throughout New Mexico.
More than 1,000 New Mexico residents have participated in Kitchen Creations over the past two years. Research has shown that lifestyle changes, including healthier eating, can help manage diabetes and reduce the risk of complications, said Cassandra Vanderpool, a registered dietitian nutritionist at NMSU.
“Many people with diabetes struggle with what to eat,” Vanderpool said. “Kitchen Creations opens their eyes to a wide variety of options to enjoy healthy eating. We are pleased to offer these classes online during the pandemic so participants can learn how to successfully manage diabetes at home.”
Kitchen Creations is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To enroll in the virtual classes, contact:
• Doña Ana County: Favela at 575-202-2376 or firstname.lastname@example.org
• Hidalgo County: Savannah Graves at 575-542-9291 or email@example.com
• Lincoln County: Melody Gaines at 575-430-0490 or firstname.lastname@example.org
• Luna County: Jennifer Shafer at 575-494-5376 or email@example.com
• Sierra County: Sara Marta at 575-322-6733 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For information about other online Kitchen Creations classes, contact Vanderpool at 575-202-5065 or email@example.com.
Kitchen Creations is sponsored by the New Mexico Department of Health’s Diabetes Prevention and Control Program and is offered by the NMSU Cooperative Extension Service as part of the “Paths to Health NM: Tools for Healthier Living” initiative. To learn more, visit www.pathstohealthnm.org.
NMSU, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and educator. If you are an individual with a disability who needs an auxiliary aid or service to participate, contact Favela at 575-202-2376 by April 30.
Author: Carlos Andres Lopez – NMSU
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