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Free online classes offered by LSU Ag for better health

LAPLACE— St. John the Baptist Parish extension office of the LSU Ag Center is preparing to offer two classes online:  Dining with Diabetes and Smart Shopping, Food Safety.

  Dining with Diabetes is scheduled from 10 – 11 a.m. on Tuesdays from July 14 through August 4.  This information has been found to be more important in recent weeks as people with underlying condition of diabetes is at a high risk of getting COVID-19.  According to the CDC, African Americans are at a higher risk.

  This program is to help adults at risk or with Type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetic, as well as, their families and caregivers. It will teach about managing this condition through meal planning, label reading, carbohydrate counting and portion control without being hungry.

  The program is open to the public and consist of four classes. To get all the information presented it is required to attend all four classes.  Recipes will be sent to each participant via email.

The topics discussed include:

• Session 1: What is Diabetes?

• Session 2: Carbohydrates and Sweeteners

• Session 3: Fats and Sodium

• Session 4: Vitamins, Minerals and Fiber

Participants enrolled in the class will receive via email, the invitation to join the class and all handouts discussed at each class.

  The second class will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July15 is called Smart Shopping, Food Safety. The focus of this class will touch on the changes in shopping since COVID-19. It is hard for some to go out into the public, but the class will provide some tips that can help. Topics will include:

Food dollar tips

• Mask & hand sanitizer

• Designate one person

• Be quick and efficient

• Limiting touching surface in store

• Know the dangers in the store

• Food safety at home after grocery shopping

  To register for either class, email Cynthia Clifton at cclifton@agcenter.lsu.edu and the link will be sent to you attend the class. Cynthia Clifton is the general nutrition agent with the LSU AgCenter.