A number of diabetics in Harbour Breton recently took in a cooking class led by Marine Chef Hans tenBroek that was designed to teach them about healthy food choices.
Sandra Dominie is the Community Development Nurse for Central Health in the Coast of Bays.
Dominie said that the main purpose of the class was to talk about healthy food choices for diabetics and how to prepare those choices.
The diabetics had a key part in preparing the three course meal offered during the class as they had to prepare the vegetables, slice fruits, stuff the chicken breasts and actually make their own dessert.
“We also wanted to stress the importance of potion sizes,” Dominie said, “which is an issue that all diabetics should be concerned about. The Coast of Bays area has the highest rates of diabetes in Newfoundland and Labrador and it’s important that we help people with this chronic disease to make better food choices in learning how to eat healthier.”
Several diabetics who participated in the class said that the activity was very informative. Leo Augot said, “Both my wife and I have learned about healthier food options here today and some better ways to prepare our food. Eating health is really important when you’re a diabetic and this class has been really important for us.”
Darlene Skinner said, “I’v really enjoyed the activity here today, and I’ve learned about the importance of proper nutrition which will help me as a diabetic.