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January 10, 2012

Diabetes and Healthy Eating Classes Offered at SIU Med School

Classes in healthy eating and diabetes self management will be offered by the Division of Endocrinology at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

“Healthy U” nutrition classes offer tips about healthier eating, weight loss and customizing diets and meal plans for specific health conditions including diabetes, high cholesterol or heart disease. This class will begin with an orientation session from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday,
February 1, and continue for eight weeks. Sara Lopinski, registered dietitian, is the instructor. The $225 fee includes a newly published cookbook and calorie, fat and carbohydrate counter book.

The “Diabetes U” self-management education classes include a series of two sessions held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 21 and 28. The interactive classes are designed for adults with diabetes and their support persons. The classes provide information about various aspects of living with diabetes, including potential complications, nutrition, testing and monitoring. Instructors are Caren Bryant, nurse diabetes educator, and Lopinski, registered dietitian, both with SIU. Participants must register before February 10 and meet with a registered dietitian for nutrition counseling prior to starting the classes. The fee is about $150 and will be billed to participants’ insurance companies.

Both classes will be held in Room 2014, SIU Clinics Building, 751 North Rutledge St., Springfield. Free parking is available in the Baylis-SIU Clinics parking garage.

For more information and to register for both classes, call SIU Endocrinology at 217-545-7989 weekdays.