Merced workshop set to promote healthier eating

04/24/2014 12:00 AM

04/23/2014 11:14 PM

Merced’s Center of Vision Enhancement, a resource center for low vision and blindness, will host an “Eat Well, Be Well” workshop Friday to promote healthy eating options for people with diabetes and other diseases.

The workshop will take place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the COVE office, 1240 D St. A session in Spanish will also be available from noon to 1:30 p.m.

According to COVE Director Margaret Duchmann-Garcia, the workshop is part of a series designed for those who need help controlling their nutritional intake.

Every last Friday of the month, a nutritionist presents on a food-related topic. Lectures range from learning how to read food labels to portion control.

While most of the attendees are patients with diabetes whose eyesight has been affected by the disease, Duchmann-Garcia maintains that anyone who is affected by a disease that can benefit from healthier eating habits is welcome to attend.

“The focus is preventing further loss of eyesight through better nutrition,” she said. “However, there are many other diseases that can benefit from an improved nutritional diet. These workshops are a resource for both maintenance and preventive care.”

Duchmann-Garcia said the classes are usually small, with only eight to 12 people. While she would like to see more people take advantage of the free nutrition classes, she said small-group classes can be more personal and patients may feel more comfortable sharing their experiences and concerns.

The workshop series is a project sponsored by the University of California Cooperative Extension and funded by a grant from United Way Merced.

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