The Jefferson County Purdue Extension office will offer its Dining with Diabetes program starting April 4.

The class is geared toward those with Type 2 Diabetes and those who are pre-diabetic with the aim of teaching them more about the disease and how to reduce health risks. The Dining with Diabetes program is open to those with diabetes, their family members and caretakers.

The educational programs and cooking school will help adults with type 2 diabetes learn to control their blood sugar to feel better and reduce risk of health complications. You will learn how to prepare meals that are healthy, easy and taste good. The classes will include food demonstrations and tastings. Recipes and handouts are included in the program’s notebook. Participants will also learn up-to-date information on nutrition, meal planning, and exercise. Participants will learn how to understand common diabetes-related medical tests.

Research has shown that those who learn to manage their blood glucose — sugar — levels, eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly can lower their risks of complications and lead a healthier and more productive life.

Classes will meet on April 4, 11 and 17, and on May 2 at the Lonnie Mason Agriculture Building at the Jefferson County 4-H Fairgrounds. Two class sessions are available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 5 to 7 p.m. to accomodate different schedules. Participants are encouraged to attend all class sessions.

Dining with Diabetes is a series of five sessions, including a two-month follow-up session. Pre-registration and payment is required. Registration is $25 per person or $40 per couple. The fees include the class, program materials and food samples. The reduced fee for couples includes sharing a program booklet.

Registration and fees are due by March 29, and can be mailed to 3767 W. State Road 256, Madison, IN 47250. For more information, call (812) 265-8919.