Hundreds Log On to Food for Life for Diabetes Online Classes
PCRM’s online video support group for managing diabetes is a huge hit with the public. PCRM offers free educational information on diet and diabetes and cooking demonstrations, along with group support, for anyone with diabetes—and hundreds of people sign on every week to participate. The average class size is about 600 participants, and there have been classes as large as 1,200.
Each one-hour class focuses on a different topic and usually includes a lecture by PCRM president Neal Barnard, M.D., and a cooking demonstration. Core classes include discussions about the science behind type 2 diabetes, weight loss, and the glycemic index. PCRM nutritionists answer nutrition questions from the online audience, share success stories from participants who have adopted a vegan diet, and demonstrate how to make easy and healthful recipes, like pasta with lentil marinara sauce and colorful corn salsa.
Recently, classes have featured guest lecturers and chefs, including chef Robyn Webb and nutrition authority and published author Brenda Davis, R.D. Recent classes have covered topics such as “How the Winter Blues Can Trigger Overeating, and What to Do About It,” “Happy Thanksgiving,” and “Foods That Fight Pain.”
PCRM also offers a free Diabetes Tool Kit to supplement the live weekly video sessions. As participants improve their health, they can use the kit to track the changes in their weight, cholesterol, and blood sugar. PCRM encourages participants to submit that information so the online group can share success stories and answer any questions people may have about how to follow a vegan diet.
Connecting to the class is easy, and PCRM offers tech support for those having difficulty. The classes are offered for free on Thursdays at 8 p.m., EST, and they air again on Saturdays at 1 p.m. To watch previous classes or to join the online video support group and receive e-mail updates, please go to www.PCRM.org/diabetes.
PCRM Online, January 2008