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Virtual Cooking Well with Diabetes by Johanna Hicks, Family & Community Health Agent




Virtual Cooking Well with Diabetes

               In 2020, twelve Hopkins County individuals participated in “Do, Well, Be Well with Diabetes” either in-person or on-line.  A second series, called “Cooking Well with Diabetes” focuses more on food preparation and meal planning.  Due to the pandemic, the Hopkins County face-to-face series was cancelled.  However, a great option to participate and receive some great recipes is now available.

               “Fantastic Foods with a Flair – Cooking Well with Diabetes” is being offered on-line for anyone interested.  My colleagues in south-central Texas are offering this course on-line and have extended the invitation to anyone who would like to participate.  This is a cooking school designed to help individuals with diabetes, their friends, or family members.  Each Monday for four weeks, a new topic will be released.  Below is the schedule:

  • Week of October 26: Cooking With Carbs
  • Week of November 2: Facts About Fats and Substitutions
  • Week of November 9: Double Pleasure Side Dishes
  • Week of November 16: Celebrating Sensibly with Diabetes

Virtual educational videos and cooking demonstrations will be released each Monday, and you can log on anytime during the week to watch.  A live question and answer session will be available each Thursday with a health expert.  The cost is $15, but please contact the Fayette County Extension Office at 979-968-5831 if the fee is a problem.  They don’t want to turn anyone away who needs the information. 

To register, go to: https://fayette.agrilife.org/https-fch-tamu-edu/   Registration deadline is October 16.  Educational content will be taught through partnerships with Baylor Scott and White, Columbus Community Hospital, Methodist Healthcare Ministries, and Access Health/Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).  You may contact the Hopkins County Extension Office if you would like printed materials from the series.


2020 Creative Arts Contest Reminder

               The Hopkins County Fall Festival Creative Arts Contest is rapidly approaching.  I want to encourage Hopkins County citizens to enter items for the contest!  As a reminder, entry categories are Art, Clothing, Creative crafts, Decorated Cakes (will not be cut), Food Preservation, Handiwork, Holiday/Seasonal, Horticulture, Photography, Quilts, and Woodworking.  We also have a special division for Assisted Living/Nursing Home residents.  There is an age division for all ages.  Items may be registered at the Sulphur Springs High School Conference Center on Thursday, October 22, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. or Friday, October 23, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.  The Conference Center will be closed at 10:00 a.m. for judging, and open for public viewing around 1:30 p.m., depending on number of entries and length of judging.  Public viewing will also be held on Saturday, October 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  No winners’ pictures will be taken this year to avoid overcrowding.  Items may be picked up between 1:30 and 3:30 p.m.  Call 903-885-3443 or log onto https://hopkins.agrilife.org/publications/ to view a full list of categories.

Closing Thought

Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today – Will Rogers

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