Dining with Diabetes workshops receive donation

Meijer recently donated $1,000 to the Michigan State University Extension Dining with Diabetes program. Pictured are (from left) Pam Daniels, MSU Extension educator; Kathryn Wolever, Meijer store representative; and Don Zimmer, MSUE executive chef. (Courtesy photo)

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BIG RAPIDS — The Michigan State University Extension Dining with Diabetes community workshops received a shot in the arm recently when Meijer in Big Rapids donated $1,000.

“We love our customers and we love supporting their health,” said Kathryn Wolever, Meijer representative.

“Our donations surround community issues such as hunger, youth development, supporting the arts and, of course, health and wellness. We feel supporting the Dining with Diabetes program is a good way to help support our customers’ health and wellness.”

Dining with Diabetes is a four-week series featuring an ongoing evidence-based curriculum, including cooking, food sampling and taste testing recipes.

“We’ve been so fortunate to have Chef Don Zimmer involved in this program,” said Pam Daniels, MSU Extension educator. “His skills in the kitchen and food knowledge enhances the program greatly. The participants are really at ease with him.

“Along with following their health care provider’s advice, Dining with Diabetes can help folks to improve their diabetes self-management skills. We’ve seen this program boost individuals’ confidence about their diabetes self-care in many positive ways.”

The program is open to anyone with diabetes, their family members or individuals at risk. MSU Extension invites area agencies, workplaces, churches and community groups who would like to host a Dining with Diabetes series to call the office at (231) 592-0792.

Individuals who would like to enroll in a Dining with Diabetes workshop or want more information also are encouraged to call the Mecosta County MSU Extension office at (231) 592-0792.

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