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Learning that you have diabetes can be overwhelming at first. There are many new things to learn and it can be difficult to know where to start. Dining with Diabetes is a program offered by Penn State Extension. It will help persons with Type II diabetes understand some of the most important things they need to know about how to manage their diabetes.

Christina Cassilly, R.D., and Nicole McGeehan, M.P.H., CHES, will lead discussions addressing: important numbers you need to know, planning healthy meals, healthy food preparation, and physical activity.

Two four-week programs will be held on Tuesdays starting January 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. with a follow-up class on April 2 at The Wright Center, 5 South Washington Avenue, Jermyn, PA 18433; or on Fridays starting January 11 from 10 a.m. to noon with a follow-up class on April 5, at the Penn State Extension Meeting Room, 200 Adams Avenue, Lower Level, Scranton, PA 18503.

Each class offers: food demonstrations and tasting recipes, physical activity and ideas to take home, and discussions regarding important information to help you manage your diabetes

There will be two free informational sessions for those who want to learn more about the program prior to registering on Friday, Jan. 4 at 10 a.m. at the Penn State Extension Meeting Room and Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 6 p.m. at The Wright Center.

Lab tests to measure HbA1c will be offered. Participants will receive a pedometer, exercise DVD, recipes, and more. The cost of the program is $40 per person or $55 for two family members living in the same household.

Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries receive free registration and scholarships are available. For questions or to register, please call Penn State Extension in Lackawanna County at 570.963.6842 by Tuesday, Jan. 8.
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