Food For Life: Diabetes Initiative

Plant-Based Nutrition and Cooking Program for Type 2 Diabetes Prevention and Treatment

Can you answer yes to any of these questions:

  • Do you have type 2 diabetes?
  • Are you prediabetic?
  • Do you care for someone who has diabetes or is prediabetic?
  • Do you have a family history of diabetes?
  • Do you have other risk factors (overweight, high blood pressure, high cholesterol)?

    If you answer yes to any of these questions then this class is for you, your adult family members and your friends.

  • Diabetes In Today's World

    Diabetes is a major public health problem of epidemic proportions. More than 12 percent of U.S. adults have diabetes. Uncontrolled, diabetes can lead to complications from head to toe, including stroke, loss of vision, heart disease, kidney failure, and various problems due to nerve damage and circulatory problems, such as erectile dysfunction or lower-extremity amputation.

    An even greater number of people have prediabetes, which mean they are at high risk for developing diabetes. With prediabetes, blood glucose levels are higher than normal, but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. Recent research has shown that some long-term damage to the body, especially the heart and circulatory system, may already be occurring during prediabetes. Fifteen to thirty percent of people with prediabetes will develop diabetes within five years. Fortunately, type 2 diabetes can be prevented, and complications can often be avoided or treated with a significant change in lifestyle.

    According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics:

    “Appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases."

    Hosted by: Jennifer

    Healthy Chef Wellness

    What We'll Be Doing

    During this experience we'll talk about making a QUALITATIVE as opposed to a QUANTITATIVE shift in the way we eat. This may be the first time you'll hear that choosing the right food is the guiding principle for staying healthy, not the restriction of the amounts of foods.

    At the end of this series you will have the opportunity to participate in a cooking class where together (via Zoom) we'll prepare some tasty healthy dishes.

    Once you have registered, keep an eye out for emails from Jennifer Gieseke at or for more information.

    The class is just $25 per session or $175 if you pay for the series in advance (which includes the cooking class)

    October 27 - How Foods Fight Diabetes
    October 29 - The Power of Your Plate and Grocery Cart
    November 3 - Understanding Type 2 Diabetes
    November 5 - Designing a Diet for Maximum Weight Control
    November 10 - Using the Glycemic Index
    November 12 - Keeping a Healthy Heart
    November 17 - Diabetes Care from Head to Toe
    November 19 - Making it Work for You
    November 21 - Healthy Cooking Class

    I can’t wait to share with you each beginning October 27 At 6:30 pm Central Time!

    When And Where
    From October 27, 2020 - 06:30 PM To November 21, 2020 - 08:00 PM CST
    Zoom SHREVEPORT 71106 United States