Learning the Latest Information on Diabetes

Despite daunting data, many cases of diabetes are preventable and controllable.  With the right knowledge and healthful habits, people can significantly reduce their risk. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than26 million people in the United States currently live with diabetes.  If trends continue, the condition will affect more than one-third of Americans by 2050.  We invite you to attend Control Diabetes for Life on Monday November 10 to learn the latest information related to diabetes and refine your healthful habits.


Yes, we have come a long way since we first began working in the field of diabetes education. We now know that the complications associated with diabetes can be prevented or delayed. Plus our growing knowledge of various foods and their effect on blood sugar levels enables people with diabetes to eat food they like, choose when and how much to eat and still control blood-sugar levels.


It is the best time in history to have diabetes, especially in light of the difficulties our parents and grandparents would encounter had they been diagnosed decades ago. Today people with diabetes can choose from a wide variety of non-nutritive sweeteners and can even figure out how to fit sugar-containing foods into your meal plan. With carbohydrate information now readily available for most foods, diabetics can easily learn to count carbohydrates at each meal. This allows diabetics to fit virtually any food into your meal plan.


Fitting diabetes into your life style is the key message today. Diabetes does not have to dictate how you live.  If it has been a year or more since you last participated in a diabetes education session now is the time to make it a priority to updates your knowledge and skills so you can care for yourself and your family.


University of Nebraska–Lincoln Extension and Franciscan Care Services invite you and your family members to participate in a new and exciting diabetes educational program. The series of programs is being offered via the two-way interactive distance education facilities. Participants will learn about current issues related to diabetes from educators with over 20 years of team-teaching experience with the in-depth Living with Diabetes series.


Monday, November 10, is the third of three programs in “Control Diabetes for Life” series. Topics that will be addressed during the two-hour program are:  “The Latest in Diabetes Research”; “Types of Diabetes”; “Carb Counting Refresher focusing on Combination Foods”; and “Making Peace with the Food Cops” along with other helpful hints. Participants will sample a new recipe for a diabetic appropriate food. Team-teaching the program will be Deborah Willcox, R.D. and L.M.N.T., and Stacie Petersen, B.S.N. and Certified Diabetes Educator both of Franciscan Care Services in West Point and Debra Schroeder, UNL Extension Educator in Cuming County.


Participants have the opportunity to attend the program on Monday, November 10, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Tekamah Herman high school distance education room.

“Control Diabetes for Life” is a joint project of University of Nebraska–Lincoln Extension, Franciscan Care Services of West Point and the schools hosting the presentation. The program is offered free-of-charge. “Control Diabetes for Life” will help participants learn to control diabetes and prolong the onset of complications from the disease. These sessions are designed to supplement the education that you receive from your local diabetes health care team and not a substitute for diabetes classes through your local health care providers.

Participants are asked to pre-register for “Control Your Diabetes for Life” by calling the UNL Extension Office in Burt County at 402-374-2929. Please register by Friday, November 7, so the proper number of handouts may be prepared.  When registering please indicate which location and the time of that session.  Nebraska School Food Service Association has approved this session for two hours of continuing education credits for food service staff for attending.


Control your diabetes for life!  Start by attending the November 10 distance education program.  Call today to register!



Mary Loftis,

Extension Assistant
UNL Extension – Burt County
111 North 13th Street, Suite 6
Tekamah, NE 68061
Phone: (402) 374-2929

Fax: (402) 374-2930

Internet: mloftis2@unl.edu

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I am a graduate of Northeast Community College with a degree in journalism. I am married to Jeff Gilliland. We have two grown children, Justin and Whitney and four grandchildren, Grayce, Grayhm, Charli and Penelope. I will be covering Lyons, Decatur, Bancroft and Rosalie and am hoping to expand my horizons as time progresses!

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