Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Local News

April 18, 2013

Diabetes education course teaching ways to manage the disease through diet

ASHLAND — Diabetes is a common disease in the Tri-State area, but it’s one that can be managed with awareness and a healthy lifestyle.

That is the approach some are taking through a seven-week diabetic cooking and education course at Scope Towers. The class, taught by Lena Reese, an agent with the Boyd County Extension Office, met for the first time Thursday.

“Diabetes is not a death sentence, by any means,” Reese said before handing out registration forms to students.

The students took turns introducing themselves to the rest of the class, adding how long they had been diabetic. Some were diagnosed more than 20 years ago, while others learned about their condition less than six months ago.

For the first hour of the class, Reese taught students how to “take ownership” of their diabetes through nutrition. Tawnia Jones, a diabetic educator at Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital, spoke during the second hour.

“This program will help you set goals. ... You need to make realistic goals. Measure things in minutes or other ways, if you can. ... Be physically active. Moving is important” Reese said.

The students will learn one diabetic-friendly recipe each session and will be sent home with ingredients to make it. Thursday’s recipe was “Magic Fruit Salad.” If students complete the course they will also receive an 18-piece cookware set.

This is a companion course to three-week diabetes education courses hosted by Northeast Kentucky Care Center, a free clinic for uninsured and low-income residents in Boyd and Greenup counties, explained Vicki Aleshire, vista for the care center.

“We started out offering this to our patients and then opened it up to residents of Scope Towers. They really enjoy this. We hope they’ll act as a support group for each other,” said Mary Crowley, the clinic administrator.

She said a class like this is important because of how common the disease is in the Tri-State.

“Diabetes is so prevalent in this area. It doesn’t go away, and there are a lot of misconceptions. ... We want to help people be as healthy as they can.

The ongoing course is full, Aleshire said, but those interested in a future session can call her at (606) 920-9733 to be placed on a waiting list.

SHANNON MILLER can be reached at smiller@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2642.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • 0419sciencehs.JPG Russell High School wins State Science Olympiad

    The long ride home from Bowling Green was tinged with disappointment for Russell High School students who believed they’d finished as also-rans in the state Science Olympiad last weekend.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0419sciencems.JPG Russell Middle School state Science Olympiad champions

    From identifying hundreds of insects to designing and operating mechanical contraptions that just look like insects, a team of Russell Middle School students took their research and technical skills to the Science Olympiad in Bowling Green last week and came back state champions.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0419melodies0114.jpg Kitchen jazzes up downtown lunch hour

    Some came to enjoy the relaxing sounds of cool jazz and traditional tunes at lunch, while others attended in hopes of picking up a few tricks from a master musician as guitarist Chris Kitchen kicked off the Melodies & Masterpieces concert series in downtown Ashland Friday afternoon.

    April 18, 2014 3 Photos

  • Sparks, Waddell in Carter Coronor’s race

    Incumbent George A. Sparks of Grayson will face challenger William Waddell of Olive Hill in the Democratic primary election for the Carter County coroner’s seat.

    April 18, 2014

  • 04/18/2014 — What's Happening

    Local news

    April 18, 2014

  • Bill3.jpg 'Dreams'

    It was in her own death that Donna Schoonover helped William Schoonover redefine his life.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • guyp-rodnew.jpg 'Uplifting people'

    The snow kept gospel singer Guy Penrod chilling a little longer than it should have this spring.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0418star0024.jpg Raising the roof

    Leaks will soon be a thing of the past at Star Elementary School, where workers are busy putting up a new roof.
     

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Fire at Russell care facility

    A care facility for the elderly in Russell was temporarily evacuated following a fire in the kitchen Wednesday night.
     

    April 18, 2014

  • Incumbent, newcomer vie for PVA position

    A longtime office-holder is facing a rare primary challenge in the Greenup County property valuation administrator race.

    April 18, 2014

Featured Ads
Seasonal Content
AP Video
Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras Mayor Rob Ford Launches Re-election Campaign Appellate Court Hears Okla. Gay Marriage Case
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP basketball
SEC Zone