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Diabetes continues to be a major health and financial concern in the country.  In 2010, 10.9 million (26.9%) of US adults 65 years and older had diabetes.  It is estimated that 1 in 3 Americans could have diabetes by the year 2050 (CDC Statistics). 

Diabetes is described as having a high level of blood glucose resulting from defects in insulin production, insulin action, or both.

What is Dining with Diabetes?

Dining with Diabetes is an interactive and educational program that is focused on reducing the effects of diabetes.


The program includes 4 two hour sessions, with a two month follow-up graduation session.  Participants are expected to attend all sessions.  The program includes one notebook, handouts, and food sampling.

Session 1: What is Diabetes?
Session 2: Carbohydrates and Sweeteners
Session 3: Fats and Sodium
Session 4: Vitamins and Fiber
Session 5: Graduation Session

Who is eligible?

Adults 60 years and older who are diabetic, pre-diabetic or a caregiver to a diabetic.

Who teaches the Program?

A Registered Dietitian (RD) teaches each session.







If diabetes is left uncontrolled, major health complications could result including heart disease, strokes, nerve damage, blindness, kidney failure, and limb amputations.  With these increasing numbers, education is a key component in preventing diabetes or reducing the overall effects of the disease.


Goals of the Program:

1.) Participants will be able to make healthy food choices that assist in good glucose control.

2.) Participants will be able to prepare easy, tasty, and healthy versions of familiar foods.

3.) Participants will have a clearer understanding of the importance of a good nutritional diet, physical activity, and diabetic medications to control blood glucose.


For further information, please contact Debbie Schelske at (317) 275-9286.

Interested in Participating?

To sign up for Dining with Diabetes, call

                   (317) 275-9286

Success Stories:

Click here to read some of the lifestyle changes that past participants have made.



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