FLORENCE – Pinal County’s Public Health program aims to reduce health complications of patients with diabetes by presenting brief educational sessions for the public.
“These sessions are designed to help those living with diabetes or those who are newly diagnosed as well as their family members and loved ones,” said Rosanna Ringer, a registered dietitian who helps supervise Pinal County’s nutrition, education and outreach programs. “We will have useful information for everyone who wants to know more about living with diabetes.”
The sessions will feature a discussion of healthy eating and meal planning led by Krista Simonetti, MS, CNS. Her talk will cover metabolism, blood glucose testing, blood pressure control, lipids, weight and macronutrients. Simonetti will also explain types of meal planning and how to build a meal plan that helps diabetics manage their condition. A question and answer session will follow.
“There are several ways to plan a meal for diabetics – there’s the plate method, carbohydrate counting or food exchange planning,” Ringer added. “Ms. Simonetti will explain these options in a friendly, non-intimidating setting. Our objective is to help people make dietary and lifestyle decisions that enable diabetics to live long, enjoyable lives, free from complications.”
Both sessions are free for the public to attend. Pinal County Public Health asks that you call in advance to reserve a seat so that there are enough chairs set up for everyone. Choose the date or location from below and call 1-800-231-8499, extension 7315 or 520-866-7315.
San Tan Valley Public Health Clinic
36235 North Gantzel Road
Thursday, February 14 from 1 to 3 PM
Maricopa Public Health Clinic
41600 West Smith Enke Road, Building 15
Friday, February 15 from 1 to 3 PM
Again, to reserve a seat, please call 1-800-231-8499, extension 7315.
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