Good diabetes cooking focuses on food choices, healthy food preparation

Johanna Hicks, Extension Agent

By Johanna Hicks, Texas AgriLife Extension Agent for Family and Community Health in Hopkins County, [email protected]

Diabetes continues to be a problem in Hopkins County. According to, 12% of Hopkins County adults over the age of 18 have been diagnosed with diabetes. The good news is that diabetes can be managed with a little diligence. And more good news is that the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension – Hopkins County office will offer the 4-session Cooking Well with Diabetes series. A little known fact is that I served on a curriculum review team that received national honors at the National Health Conference in Kansas in May. (See related story by clicking here!)

This special series is different from “Get Well, Get Well With Diabetes,” which was offered in the spring. Cooking Well focuses more on food choices and healthy food preparation. The topics of the session are:

  1. Carbohydrate foods: discussion will be on meal planning, foods that are high and low in carbohydrates, non-nutritive sweeteners (sugar substitutes), eating sweets and prepared foods in moderation, and adapting recipes to contain less carbohydrates.
  2. Making fat recipes better for you: discussion will focus on reducing fat while maintaining good flavor, using different types of fat, and substituting other ingredients for fat
  3. Double Pleasure Side Dishes-Reduce Sodium and Add Fiber: We’ll discuss identifying sodium in foods, tips to reduce sodium, flavoring foods in a healthy way, identifying fiber in foods, and tips to increase fiber
  4. Celebrating smart with diabetes: planning ahead, modifying recipes, adapting desserts, and tips and tricks to enjoy special occasions will be discussed

Each session will include recipe demonstrations and samples, along with visual and written materials. Each participant will go home with a notebook containing a copy of the Power Point presentation, handouts, recipes and reinforcement items. Door prizes will be awarded at each session. Below are the details:

  • When: Monday and Thursday, September 26, 29, October 3 and 6 (“graduation” and recognition)
  • Time: 13:30 (Please note that an evening session can be scheduled if at least 5 people request that time)
  • Location: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office, 1200 West Houston, Sulfur Springs
  • Cost: $20, payable at first session, covers materials, ingredients and door prizes
  • To register: Please contact the Extension office at 903-885-3443 and leave your name and phone number. We will provide you with the registration form.

If you use social media, be sure to follow the Hopkins County Family and Community Health Facebook page for announcements on this and many other interesting events and topics!

49th Christmas Joy

This is the event many of you have been waiting for registration to open! “Christmas cheer” is a highlight of the year for many individuals. The program features recipes, gift ideas, crafts and more. This year’s theme is “Comfort and Joy” and it’s sure to give you some great ideas for your holiday season!

Due to capacity regulations, we must limit attendance to 80 per session. Below are the details:

  • When: Monday, November 7
  • Where: Southwest Dairy Museum
  • Time: 1.30pm, repeats at 5.30pm (choose one)
  • Cost: $5 per person, under 10 free – payable at the door
  • To register: You must call 903-885-3443 to reserve a seat. A name and phone number is required for each person reserving a seat. Due to capacity regulations, we must limit attendance to the first 80 per session. We will maintain a waiting list in case of cancellation.

Each participant will receive a swag bag and booklet containing all the recipes and instructions for the projects demonstrated. The Southwest Dairy Museum will provide refreshments at the conclusion of the event and door prizes will be awarded throughout the presentation. We have two new presenters this year, in addition to the previous presenters.

Closing thought

We start learning the moment we are born and we don’t stop until God calls us home.

– Caroline Engalls, “Little House on the Prairie”

Contact Johanna Hicks, BS, M.Ed., Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Family & Community Health Agent at the Hopkins County Office, PO Box 518, 200-B West Houston, Sulfur Springs, TX 75483; by phone at 903-885-3443; or email at [email protected].

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