Proper nutrition is essential in the control and prevention of type 2 diabetes. The Diabetes Education Program has a nutritionist on staff to provide dietary education and counseling to individuals and groups.
Currently, individualized counseling is offered by appointment only and the three-part nutrition series is offered throughout the year. Classes are open to patients and their family members.
Call (361) 561-8584 for registration information.
Our registered dietitian and/or nutritionist meet with patients individually to provide a more in-depth review of meal planning, carbohydrate counting, reading food labels and other nutritional counseling. Patients can only attend nutritional consults through physician referral and after attending our Controlling Your Diabetes class.
Three-part Nutrition Series
Grocery Shopping Tour
The grocery shopping tours and “virtual” grocery shopping tours help people navigate a supermarket to make more balanced choices when planning meals. Participants also receive instruction on how to read nutrition labels and meal planning while keeping an eye on their food costs.
Healthy Cooking Demonstration
Healthy cooking demonstrations help patients with diabetes and their families learn how to prepare nutritious meals that can improve blood glucose levels and reduce weight. After watching staff from the Coastal Bend Health Education Center prepare dishes, class participants are given copies of the recipes and taste samples of the prepared dishes.
Dining in the Real World
Dining in the Real World teaches those with diabetes how to eat at their favorite restaurants while still controlling their blood sugars. Participants learn how to make adjustments to their meal plans to incorporate a variety of restaurant foods. Class participants study menu items from restaurants around the area and learn which options are best.