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Food for Life Diabetes Nutrition and Cooking Classes

Health Starts Here Event

Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 7:00 PM - Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 8:30 PM (EDT)

Reston, VA

Food for Life Diabetes Nutrition and Cooking Classes

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Type End Quantity
4/11- Intodroduction To How Foods Fight Diabetes   more info Ended Free  
4/18 - The Power of Your Plate and Grocery Cart Understanding Type 2 Diabetes Ended Free  
4/25 - Designing a Diet for Maximum Weight Control -Using the Glycemic Index Ended Free  
May 2 - Keeping a Healthy Heart Ended Free  
May 9 - Diabetes Care from Head to Toe- Making It Work for You Ended Free  

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The Food for Life Diabetes Nutrition and Cooking Class is a community-based, national program designed by health professionals to aid people with diabetes to learn about the power of food to improve their health and wellness. Launched in 2009, the Food for Life Diabetes Nutrition and Cooking Class is designed to bring a new, research-based, easy-to-follow approach to help people with diabetes in two significant ways:

  • Avoid preventable complications from the disease
  • Reduce the need for medication(s)

Designed by physicians, diabetes educators, registered dietitians, and professional chefs, the goals of this program are to empower people with diabetes with information on how food choices promote, prevent, and treat type 2 diabetes and practical cooking skills for healthy and delicious meal preparation. Instructors include registered dietitians, diabetes educators, nutritionists, chefs, health community workers, and trained peer leaders with an interest in diabetes and a passion for plant-based nutrition. Our instructors have completed an extensive training program offered through PCRM, and participate in ongoing, interactive educational sessions.

People who have type 2 diabetes, or concerns about developing diabetes, and their friends and family members will all benefit from the class.

 

Background on the Nutritional Approach


Population studies and clinical research show the effectiveness of a low-fat, plant-based diet in:

 

  • Improving blood glucose
  • Promoting weight loss
  • Reducing cholesterol
  • Lowering the risk of common chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, and various cancers

A well-planned plant-based diet has many nutritional benefits and has been demonstrated to be as acceptable as the portion-controlled diet for diabetes management. A plant-based diet has also been endorsed by the American Dietetic Association and described as a safe choice in the 2009 American Diabetes Association's Standards of Care for Diabetes.

 

What You Can Expect from the Food for Life Diabetes Cooking Class


Each two-hour interactive class includes:

 

  • Nutrition education on the role of plant-based meal planning
  • A presentation of moving interviews with people who share their inspirational experiences of how they reversed their diabetes following the same nutrition lessons taught in the class
  • A cooking demonstration of simple, tasty recipes that can be easily recreated at home
  • Delicious food samples of the recipes prepared in class

Participants will leave the class equipped with recipes, a summary on how to get started with a planted-based nutrition approach, and information on additional resources.

Note: Participants are strongly encouraged to work with their health care team to safely make changes in diet.

Every Thursday, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 11                Introduction to How Foods Fight Diabetes

Thursday, April 18                The Power of Your Plate and Grocery Cart

Thursday, April 18                Understanding Type 2 Diabetes

Thursday, April 25                Designing a Diet for Maximum Weight Control

Thursday, April 25                Using the Glycemic Index

Thursday, May 2                 Keeping a Healthy Heart

Thursday, May 9                  Diabetes Care from Head to Toe

Thursday, May 9                  Making It Work for You

Have questions about Food for Life Diabetes Nutrition and Cooking Classes? Contact Health Starts Here Event

When & Where


Wholefoods Market reston
11660 Plaza America Dr
Reston, VA 20190

Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 7:00 PM - Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 8:30 PM (EDT)


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