Southern Ohio Medical Center and the Ohio State University Extension will offer a “Dining with Diabetes” class for those at risk for diabetes and those with diabetes, their family members and caretakers. The two-day class will teach participants how to prepare healthy, tasty meals that reduce sugar, salt and fat.
“Diabetes is the sixth leading cause of death in Ohio,” Jill Preston, manager of SOMC Workforce Development, said. “Nearly one million in Ohio suffer from diabetes and one-hundred billion dollars each year is spent on treating Americans with diabetes.”
Studies show that complications of diabetes, such as blindness, kidney failure and amputations probably can be delayed or even prevented by careful control of blood sugar. Following a careful meal plan is the first and most difficult step in controlling blood sugar.
“SOMC partners with OSU to offer this cooking class because we hope to help those with diabetes manage their blood sugar and live a healthier life,” Preston added. “During the class, recipes will be demonstrated and participants will receive up-to-date information on nutrition, meal planning, exercise and how to understand common diabetes-related medical tests.”
The classes are offered from 2 to 4 p.m. June 15 and June 22 in the SOMC Gibson building, located at 2201 25th St., Portsmouth. The classes are free but space is limited and preregistration is required. Participants should attend both classes. To register, call (740) 356-2552 by June 13.
ODA launches multi-media contest
The Ohio Department of Agriculture today announced its “Ag is Cool!” multi-media contest. Ohio school children can share their personal interpretation of why Ohio agriculture is cool for a chance to win free tickets to the Ohio State Fair, Brad Paisley concert tickets, and other prizes.
Video, photography, drawing, and painting entries will be judged in the following age categories, with one winner from each age group and category:
Grades K-2: Photography, Drawing or Painting;
Grades 3-5: Video, Photography, Drawing or Painting;
Grades 6-8: Video, Photography, Drawing or Painting;
Grades 9-12: Video, Photography, Drawing or Painting; and
Grades 2-12: Video as a group project.
All entries must be postmarked (or emailed when applicable) by June 27, 2011.
All entries will be judged by representatives from the Ohio Department of Agriculture, the Office of the Governor, the Ohio Expo Center, and professional consultants in the areas of video production, photography, drawing, painting and other visual arts.
Judging will be based on the visual representation of the “Ag is Cool” theme, if it accurately reflects 21st Century agriculture, creativity and use of Ohio images, and quality of work. Contest winners will be notified no later than July 20, 2011.
Award winners will be recognized by the Office of the Governor and other state officials at the Ohio State Fair at noon July 27, at the Taste of Ohio Cafe. Winners will receive two, one-day passes for free admission to the Ohio State Fair, two tickets to see Brad Paisley, and other prizes.
For additional information about the contest, visit www.agri.ohio.gov or call (614) 752-9817.