Dining with Diabetes

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Project Summary

Penn State Extension's Dining with Diabetes program is an evidence-based community education program for people with or at risk for type 2 diabetes. The program empowers participants to prevent or manage their disease by providing practical knowledge and strategies to make the necessary lifestyle changes that will lead to healthier living and reduction in the risk of complications. The program is designed to meet 4 consecutive weeks with a 3 month follow-up class. Participant's A1C and blood pressure are taking at the first and follow-up classes. Classes consist of a nutrition lesson, physical activity, cooking demonstration and food tasting.

Project Goal

To increase knowledge of healthy foods and healthy food preparation To promote physical activity To encourage self-management skills and help participants understand important diabetes related tests

Promotional Methods

Programs are listed on the Dining with Diabetes website. Programs are advertised in local newspapers. Programs flyers are shared with doctors offices, clinics, pharmacies, senior centers, and libraries

Project Challenges

Transportation for elderly participants is a challenge. Programs are offered in local communities to help these individuals overcome travel concerns. Participants often have scheduling conflicts. Programs are offered at different times during the year to accommodate a variety of scheduling issues. Cost is often a limiting factor to class attendance. We work very hard to keep the cost down.

Project Results

Through bio-marker testing and lifestyle questionnaires the impact of Dining with Diabetes is as follows: 85% of participants have increased their knowledge of diabetes 50% of participants have lowered their A1C 52% of participants have lowered their blood pressure

Organization Type

Academic Institution

Types of Practices

  • Community

Target Age Ranges

  • 18-24
  • 25-34
  • 35-44
  • 45-54
  • 55-64
  • 65+
  • Adults
  • Seniors


  • All


  • All

Project Service Type

  • Community Outreach / Community Engagement
  • Disease Management (long-term)
  • Prevention

Project Content Area

  • Diabetes
  • Prediabetes
  • Type 2 Diabetes

Project/Program Care Team Target Population

  • None

Counties Served

  • All Counties