Socorro County to hold diabetes cooking school

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The Socorro office of the New Mexico State Cooperative Extension Service, in partnership with the New Mexico Department of Health Diabetes Prevention and Control Program, is offering a series of cooking classes for people with diabetes and their family members or caretakers.

Kitchen Creations will meet from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Fridays for four weeks, beginning April 12. All classes will be at the Socorro General Hospital’s Community-Based Program’s office at 308 California St. next to John Brooks Supermart.

The classes will teach students how to plan healthy meals and prepare delicious dishes that manage carbohydrates without adding extra sugar, sodium and fat. Class participants will prepare and taste healthy recipes and will receive both a participant workbook and recipe book. The instructor is Amaiah Saavedra, a 2002 Socorro High School graduate. She received her bachelor’s degree in human nutrition and food science in 2007 from New Mexico State University. She is now a graduate student in the University of New Mexico dietetics program, and will teach the classes under the supervision of a registered dietician.

The program is free to people with diabetes and their family members or caretakers. No products will be sold at the classes. Space is limited, so call 575-835-0610 to reserve a seat.

All programs are available regardless of race, color, religion, sex, handicap or national origin.

Individuals with a disability who need an auxiliary aid or service to participate in the class, should let the Socorro County Extension Service know when you call to reserve your place in the class.