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Natural Awakenings Washington DC Metro

Diabetes Cooking and Nutrition Course

Jun 30, 2016 01:44PM
The nonprofit Barnard Medical Center is offering Food for Life, a cooking and nutrition course to help people with type 2 diabetes, or pre-diabetes, put the latest medical research into immediate practice. Each class offers a cooking demonstration, and provides samples of delicious, diabetes-fighting dishes, along with a take-home packet of easy-to-prepare and affordable recipes. The course will be offered each Tuesday at 6 to 8 p.m. from July 5 to August 2 at the Barnard Medical Center in NW, D.C.

The curriculum, designed by Neal Barnard, M.D., F.A.C.C., is based on clinical research, funded by the National Institutes of Health that shows a plant-based prescription—vegetables, fruits, whole grains and legumes—improves blood sugar control three times as effectively as a standard diabetes diet and outperforms leading medications, leaving only desirable side effects: weight loss, improvements in blood pressure and cholesterol, and a reduced risk for obesity, heart disease and certain forms of cancer. This five-class series is specifically designed for those who are looking for a nonpharmacological solution to today’s most pressing health problems.

Local Food for Life instructor and health coach Kara Blank-Gonzalez will cover important diabetes-nutrition topics, from blood sugar control to insulin function, and guide students through the preparation of tasty and easy-to-prepare recipes. Participants are strongly encouraged to work with their health care team to safely make dietary changes.

This prescription continues to earn accolades from national medical organizations, including Kaiser Permanente and Kim Williams, M.D., F.A.C.C., former president of the American College of Cardiology, to contemporary stars, including Beyoncé and Venus Williams.

Cost: There is no cost to attend but registration is required. Location: 5100 Wisconsin Ave, N.W., Ste. 400, Washington, D.C. To register, contact Rose Saltalamacchia at 202-527-7314 or [email protected] For more information about Food for Life cooking and nutrition course, visit


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