Food label reading seminars planned at Green Hills

Green Hills Farms Market in the Valley and the American Diabetes Association are hosting Julita Klopocka-Niemiec, Registered Dietitian, who will present Label Reading for Diabetics Tours at Green Hills Market, 5933 South Salina Street, Syracuse NY 13205. The program is geared to individuals living with diabetes and/or pre-diabetes and includes education about healthy meal planning. Participants are invited to the first hour of label reading classroom education, followed by the second hour of hands-on label reading on the grocery floor. The cost of the program is $20/participant. Each participant will receive supplies and handouts provided by Green Hills as well as a Diabetes Goody Bag provided by the American Diabetes Association.

-23.6 million people in the United States have diabetes

-1.2 million people in New York State have diabetes

-Approximately 28,000 people in Onondaga County have diabetes

-5.7 million people in the U.S. (1 in 4 adults) have diabetes but don't know it

This information is from the Center for Disease Control:

-Diabetes can lead to serious complications, such as blindness, kidney damage, cardiovascular disease, and lower-limb amputations, but people with diabetes can lower the occurrence of these and other diabetes complications by controlling blood glucose, blood pressure, and blood lipids.

. Many people with type 2 diabetes can control their blood glucose by following a healthy meal plan and exercise program, losing excess weight, and taking oral medication. Some people with type 2 diabetes may also need insulin to control their blood glucose.

. To survive, people with type 1 diabetes must have insulin delivered by injection or a pump.

. Self-management education or training is a key step in improving health outcomes and quality of life. It focuses on self-care behaviors, such as healthy eating, being active, and monitoring blood sugar. It is a collaborative process in which diabetes educators help people with or at risk for diabetes gain the knowledge and problem-solving and coping skills needed to successfully self-manage the disease and its related conditions.

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