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NMSU Cooperative Extension Service, NM Department of Health host cooking school for adults with diabetes

Adults with diabetes can learn how to make healthy, delicious meals at the Kitchen Creations cooking school, offered by the New Mexico State University Extension Service and sponsored by the New Mexico Department of Health Diabetes Prevention and Control Program.

The next school will be at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 28 at Mayfield High School, 1955 N. Valley Dr. in Las Cruces. The school consists of a series of four classes taught by Karim Martinez, Doña Ana County Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent, and registered dietician Janae Kraus. Participants will learn food safety, how to plan meals, read food labels, balance carbohydrates and other tips. They will also prepare and sample recipes.

“Participants benefit greatly from this program so I feel fortunate we can provide it in our county,” Martinez said.

According to the 2016 New Mexico Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 10.7 percent of adults in New Mexico had been diagnosed with diabetes. The national average for 2015 was 9.9 percent. Research has shown that lifestyle changes, including healthier eating, can help manage diabetes.

“Many people with diabetes are not sure what to do to improve their health, especially when it comes to food,” said Cassandra Vanderpool, registered dietitian and Extension Diabetes Coordinator for NMSU. “Kitchen Creations goes beyond giving nutrition information. It engages participants in hands-on cooking and other activities to help them apply what they learn.”

Kitchen Creations served 470 New Mexicans last year.

“Several months after attending the Kitchen Creations cooking school in Valencia County, a participant called the Extension Office to share her good news,” Vanderpool said. “She had just returned from the doctor, and her A1C had dropped. She credits the improvement to the changes she and her husband made because of the program.”

To enroll in the Kitchen Creations cooking school for free, contact the Doña Ana Cooperative Extension Service at 575-525-6649.