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Managing diabetes or other chronic diseases can be challenging and overwhelming at times. However, it is important to become educated about not only on managing diabetes in general but becoming familiar with your diabetes and how your body works. We are all different and our bodies react differently. If you do not have diabetes but know a friend or family member who does, be supportive and engage in understanding their illness. Having a great support system can tremendously help someone with diabetes stay on track with their management. Lack of proper management can cause serious health consequences, such as heart disease, nerve disease, kidney disease, vision problems/ loss, as well as other complications. Maintaining a healthy weight, eating a well-balanced diet, and engaging in regular physical activity can go a long way in reducing the chances of developing diabetes!

Are you suffering from diabetes, heart disease or some other chronic disease? The “Take Control” program is coming to Person County at the end of this month. It is a FREE 8 session chronic disease prevention program that provides strategies to help adults manage their health. It informs, empowers, and motivates participants to change their eating and physical activity patterns. The program provides opportunities for participants to track their goals and progress toward healthy eating and physical activity behaviors. Each 1-hour session contains some basic cooking demonstrations and sample of a healthy recipe. The recipes and nutrition handouts are provided to program participants. It will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays, Nov. 26, 28, Dec. 3, 5, 10, 12, 17 and 19 from 2-3 p.m. at the Person County Senior Center. To register for the free program, call 336-599-7484. This program will also be offered in Granville County in 2019.

Try the following recipe courtesy of University of Massachusetts Extension at https://extension.umass.edu/nutrition/recipes/allrecipes. For more information on Food for Thought programs, activities and recipes, check us out online at http://facebook.com/personcountyfcs or email jennifer_ grable@ncsu.edu

PUMPKIN SOUP

makes 12 cups

6 tsp olive oil

1 ½ cups onion, chopped

3 cloves, garlic

6 cups water

6 cups pumpkin or butternut squash, peeled and cubed, seeds removed

1 tsp salt

Black pepper to taste

2 tsps curry powder

1 cup milk, skim

6 Tbsp cream, half-andhalf

Wash and prepare vegetables. Heat oil in a large saucepan or stockpot over medium-high heat. Sauté onion and garlic in oil. Add water and pumpkin cubes. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Puree in blender, or use an immersion blender. Add salt, pepper, and curry powder. Stir well. Add milk and cream. Stir well.

Nutrition Information: 60 calories, 3.5g fat, 1g fiber, 210mg sodium

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