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Food for Life: Diabetes Initiative

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Online Event
Online Event
Mokena, IL 60448
United States

Class Dates

Living With Diabetes
Saturday, September 26, 2020 09:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Living With Diabetes - Part 2
Saturday, October 3, 2020 09:00 AM to 11:00 AM

The road to diabetes does not have to be a one-way street. There is reason for hope! This is a 2 session, 4 hour course.


Food for Life: Living with Diabetes is the plant-based nutrition and cooking program for type 2 diabetes prevention and treatment developed by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. The intended audience for this program is people with diabetes, prediabetes (defined below), a family history or risk factors for developing diabetes, and their adult family members. It is also designed to introduce health care professionals to the basics of plant-based nutrition for preventing and treating diabetes.

Diabetes is a major public health problem of epidemic proportions. More than 12 percent of the U.S. adult population has diabetes, and more than one-quarter of the population over 65 has the disease. One out of four people with diabetes is unaware they have it, which means they are not being treated with a healthy diet or medications. Uncontrolled, diabetes can lead to complications from head to toe, including stroke, loss of vision, heart disease, kidney failure, and various problems due to nerve damage and circulatory problems, such as erectile dysfunction or lower-extremity amputation.


An even greater number of people have prediabetes (impaired fasting glucose, impaired glucose tolerance, or both), which mean they are at high risk for developing diabetes. With prediabetes, blood glucose levels are higher than normal, but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. There are 86 million people in the United States who have prediabetes and they are generally without symptoms. Recent research has shown that some long-term damage to the body, especially the heart and circulatory system, may already be occurring during prediabetes. A blood test is used to diagnose prediabetes. Fifteen to thirty percent of people with prediabetes will develop diabetes within five years. Weight loss can prevent or delay this onset.

An astonishing one in three children born in the year 2000 is at risk of developing type 2 diabetes (and one in two African Americans, Native Americans, and Hispanic Americans) in his or her lifetime, unless there are significant changes in diet and activity levels. Fortunately, type 2 diabetes is largely a disease of over-nutrition and sedentary lifestyle. The disease can be prevented, and complications can often be avoided or treated with a significant change in lifestyle.


This is an on-line interactive class with videos, cooking demonstrations and a Q&A session.


As a result of this course you will:

1. Understand how a plant based diet can improve your blood glucose level

2. Receive state of the art scientific information on Diabetes

3. Receive access to dozens of simple recipes


The instructor for this on-line course will be Mark Cerkvenik. 

See Mark's story here!

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Your instructor: Mark Cerkvenik