Last updated: March 06. 2014 6:01AM - 675 Views
By Debbie Rolen drolen@civitasmedia.com



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Classes are beginning in March for Cooking Matters, Dining with Diabetes and Diabetes Education Classes.


A six-week class sponsored by PRIDE and Healthy Logan County to improve and promote healthy eating, provide participants with new recipes, free groceries to take home after every class and stretch cooking budget dollars is set to begin March 11, at the PRIDE Head Start Center in Logan.


Cooking Matters works to make sure all kids have the healthy food they need every day. Participants in Cooking Matters courses are moms, dads, grandparents, caregivers, kids and teens who want to make healthy meals on a budget. They learn to shop smarter, use nutrition information to make healthier choices, and cook delicious, affordable meals.


The national Cooking Matters staff is made up of experienced chefs, Registered Dietitians and nutrition educators, nonprofit leaders, campaign strategists, public health professionals and others with expertise in their field.


Cooking Matters is key to Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, which connects kids in need with nutritious food and teaches their families how to cook healthy, affordable meals. Visit cookingmatters.org and nokidhungry.org for more information or to get more involved in the program.


The Cooking Matters course is free to adults over 18 and will be held every Tuesday from March 11, 2014, through April 15, 2014, from 12 - 2 p.m. To sign up, contact Chanda Elkins at PRIDE, 304-752-6868.


The Dining with Diabetes is a once-a-week class that runs for four weeks with a three-month follow-up class. This calss is open to those with diabetes and their family members. The classes are free, but space is limited and pre-registration is required. Participants must attend all class sessions.


Dining with Diabetes is offered statewide and is sponsored by the West Virginia University Extension Service with partial funding provided by the West Virginia Diabetes Prevention and Control program, Bureau for Public Health.


Register for Dining with Diabetes program can be made by calling the Logan County Extension Office at 304-792-8690 by Friday, March 7, 2014.


Free Diabetes Education classes are also scheduled in March. The Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) programs is providing several opportunities around the state for people with Medicare to participate in free diabetes education classes.


Upcoming classes include:

  • Boone County - Boone-Madison Public Library, 375 Main Street, Madison, W.Va., March 12, 19 and 26 at 2 p.m. Facility contact is Morgan at 304-369-7842. To register, call 304-346-9864.
  • Lincoln County - Valley Health - Harts Location, 22 Fleming Dr., Harts, W.Va., March 6, 13 and 20 at 11 a.m. To register, call 304-346-9864, ext. 3221.
  • Logan County - Logan Regional Medical Center, classes located in the Education Building, 20 Hospital Dr., Logan, W.Va., March 6, 13, 20 and 27, at 3 p.m. To register, call 304-346-9864, ext. 3221.
  • Mingo County — Matewan Senior Nutrition Center, Matewan, W.Va., March 12 and 19 at 11 a.m. To register Call 304-346-9864, ext. 3221.
  • Mingo County — Larry Joe Harless Center, Gilbert, W.Va. March 11, 18 and 25 at 4:30 p.m. Facility contact is Cheryl at 304-664-2500. To register, call 304-346-9864, ext. 3225.
  • Mingo County — Goodman Manor, Williamson. March 11, 18 and 25, at 1 p.m. To register, call 304-346-9864, ext. 3225.


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