Diabetes Education Programs in Arkansas
We are committed to connecting the community with research-based health resources and programs. If you or someone you love lives with diabetes your local county Extension office can help! Check out our diabetes education programs below.
People with diabetes are not alone in the health challenges they face. County Family and Consumer Sciences Agents will offer a 12-week online support group for people living with diabetes. The group - “Day to Day with Diabetes” - will meet virtually one day per week with additional resources in health, wellness, nutrition and fitness posted on the website throughout the week. Some of the features will include Tasty Tuesday (recipes) and Think About It Thursday.
All information provided by County Family and Consumer Sciences Agents is science-based, and approved by the American Diabetes Association, the American Association of Diabetes Educators, or the Diabetes Care and Education Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Persons with diabetes and their families often have questions about routine diabetes management skills and, of course, what to eat! The Living Well With Diabetes is a series of four classes focusing on the following topics:
- Introduction to Diabetes
- Preventing Complications
- Nutrition Management
- Meal Planning
A cooking demonstration of tasty foods that fit into the diabetes plate accompanies each lesson. Classes are taught by local County Family and Consumer Sciences Agents and provides science-based information, approved by the American Diabetes Association, the American Association of Diabetes Educators, or the Diabetes Care and Education Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
There are 796,000 people in Arkansas, more than one third of the adult population, who have prediabetes. A person diagnosed with prediabetes has blood glucose levels higher than normal but not yet high enough to be diagnosed with diabetes. The good news is, with lifestyle changes, a person with prediabetes can prevent or delay the onset of diabetes!
The Diabetes Prevention Program is a year long program that meets on a regular basis. Each meeting last approximately one hour and provides helpful information on weight loss, physical activity, wellness, and goal setting to facilitate lifestyle change at the individual’s level of comfort. This program is coming soon to all counties in Arkansas and will be taught by Family and Consumer Sciences Agents trained as lifestyle coaches.
For more information, contact your local county extension office.