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Submitted by Rita Hodges (County Extension Agent Family & Consumer Sciences Ellis County)

While diabetes is not curable, it is manageable. 

Skills needed to effectively manage diabetes are well documented.

Diabetes education is not readily available, yet the number of Americans with diabetes is rapidly growing. 

Nationwide, 19.8 million people, 18 years and over, are currently diagnosed with diabetes.

According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, the prevalence of diagnosed diabetes in persons age 18 years and older is estimated at 1.7 million in Texas (9.7 percent of this age group).

Another estimated 425,157 persons aged 18 years and older in Texas are believed to have been undiagnosed.

In 2009, diabetes affected approximately 13,000 (8.5%)  individuals in Ellis County, according to the Center of Disease Control.

The Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Ellis County, has teamed up with the North Central Texas Area Agency on Aging to provide cooking information and education for individuals/caregivers of diabetics, 60 years of age and older.

An event is planned for Friday, Aug. 26, 12:30 p.m. at the Senior Citizens Center, 122 Park Hills Drive, Waxahachie. 

The program will focus on: guidelines for good nutrition, using labels and a cooking demonstration.

Recipes and other information will be distributed. 

Each participant (1/family) will receive a copy of the American Diabetes Association book, “Month of Meals: Diabetic Meal Planner.” The books will be provided by the North Central Texas Area Agency on Aging.

Due to space, only 25 will be able to attend the program. 

Individuals/caregivers interested and/or seeking further information, MUST call for reservations NO LATER THAN Wednesday, Aug. 24. Interested persons can call 972-825-5175.

For further/complete information, contact Rita Hodges, County Extension Agent-Family & Consumer Sciences, Texas AgriLife Extension Service, 701 South I-35 E, Waxahachie, or call: 972-825-5175, or e-mail: rmhodges@ag.tamu.edu

Extension programs serve people of all ages regardless of socioeconomic level, race, color, sex, religion, disability or national origin. 

The Texas A & M University System, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the County Commissioners Courts of Texas Cooperating.

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