Mercy St. Francis Offers Tips for Dining with Diabetes

February 17, 2014

The free class begins at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26

Having diabetes doesn’t mean your diet has to hit a dead end. In fact, you may be surprised by what’s safe to eat.

As part of its healthy goals series, Mercy St. Francis Hospital will dive into the American Diabetes Association’s latest recommendations during a “Summary for Medical Nutrition Therapy” course on Wednesday, Feb. 26.

“Of course, there is no standard meal plan or eating pattern that works universally for all people with diabetes,” said registered dietitian Deanna Thompson, who will be speaking at the event. “We’ll talk about balance between the best and worst foods, and hear about the changes the ADA has made.”

Participants can expect to learn how to properly integrate grains and starchy vegetables, proteins, dairy, fats and beverages into meals while managing blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol.

The free class begins at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, in the Sister’s Dining Room at Mercy St. Francis Hospital at 100 W. US Highway 60.

No RSVP is required, but you can sign up at the Mercy St. Francis business office or call 417-934-1700. For a free ride, call SMTS at 417-934-1575. Snacks and door prizes will be provided.