Information to help teens with diabetes or pre-diabetes and their families is being offered during four-week programs this January in Lander and Riverton.
Learning to eat and live well with diabetes is the focus of the free “Dining with Diabetes in Wyoming” sessions, said Laura Balis, University of Wyoming Extension nutrition and food safety educator.
“The program helps individuals learn strategies to manage their diabetes through menu planning, carbohydrate counting, portion control and label reading,” said Balis. “Participants have the opportunity to sample healthy foods made using the concepts taught.”
Topics covered include What is Diabetes?; Carbohydrates and Sweeteners; Fats and Sodium; and Vitamins, Minerals and Fiber, said Balis.
Space is limited to 16, and dinners are provided. Lander enrollment is at bit.ly/LanderDWD, and Riverton enrollment is at bit.ly/RivertonDWD, or by calling 307-332-2363 for either location.
Programs in each town are 5:30-7:30 p.m. The Riverton sessions are Tuesdays, Jan. 8-29, at the Fremont Center, 1010 Fairgrounds Drive. Lander sessions are Wednesdays, Jan. 9-30, at Lander Valley High School, 350 Baldwin Creek Rd.
Balis is presenting the sessions assisted by Hannah Kesterson, a Colorado State University dietetics intern.
The Riverton Lion’s Club is sponsoring the programs.
Individuals can form teams and compete against others across the country in the national extension program FitEx to improve fitness and nutrition.
Teams of four to eight ages 5 and up can register free on the FitEx website. Registration at www.fit-ex.org beginsMarch 26.
The team environment and online tracking helps participants achieve goals throughout the April 1-May 27 competition, said Laura Balis, University of Wyoming Extension nutrition and food safety educator.
Teams can set goals and track daily minutes of activities and intake of fruits and vegetables, said Balis. Weekly newsletters, feedback, competition for motivation and prizes for winning teams are part of the program.
Those wanting more information can go to the website or contact Balis at 307-332-2363 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Individuals can step-up fitness levels and increase nutrition by competing in a national program through UW Extension and Virginia Cooperative Extension.
The team environment and online tracking are meant to spur efforts in the FitEx competition April 2-May 27. Registration is at www.fit-ex.org.
UW and Virginia personnel are challenging each other and all county offices, but competition is open to everyone.
The program offers a chance to start setting goals, having an accountability system and improving health for a better well-being, said Laura Balis, UW
Extension nutrition and food safety educator in Fremont County.
“FitEx’s purpose is promoting healthy lifestyles in a fun, challenging way,” she said. “It’s designed to improve the health of everyone by increasing participation in physical activity and eating fruit and vegetables each week.”
The Surgeon General suggests making walking a national priority, she said. Thirty minutes or more moderate physical activity five days a week and increasing fruit and vegetable consumption are the program goals.
Teams of four to eight from ages 5 to older adults are encouraged.
Choose a team name and captain that best represents the team and create individual and team goals for physical activity and fruit and vegetable consumption, said Balis. Competitors can track on the FitEx website their daily minutes of physical activity and intake of fruits and vegetables.
The registration fee is $5 and includes weekly newsletters, feedback on goals and friendly competition for motivation, she said.
Contact Balis at 307-332-2363 or at email@example.com for more information.
Dining with Diabetes classes are Thursdays from March 23-April 13 at the Fremont County University of Wyoming Extension office, 130 Eugene St., in
This course, presented by UW Extension and Wind River Indian Health Service, teaches people with diabetes or pre-diabetes and their families how to eat and live well with diabetes, said Laura Balis, UW Extension nutrition and food safety specialist.
The cost is $25, or $35 for couples, which includes dinner at each class. To register, go to http://bit.ly/diningdiabetes or contact Balis at 307-332-2363 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.