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Colorado State University Extension operates in partnership with the El Paso County Community Services Division to provide non-credit programming to local citizens.

Dining with Diabetes

Nutrition is the cornerstone of diabetes management, and Dining with Diabetes helps participants manage their own or that of a family member’s diabetes through nutrition education.This program is a four week series (2-hour) classes that are held once a week. Classes consist of a presentation on diabetes self-care or healthful food choices; a five to ten minute low-impact physical activity; presentations on tasty, healthy familiar foods, sampling foods, and demonstrations of cooking techniques using artificial sweeteners, reduced-fat foods. herb and spices.

Who is this for?
• Anyone with Type 2 diabetes, pre-diabetes, or a risk of developing diabetes
• Caregivers to those with diabetes

Eating Smart Cooking SmartEat Smart Cook Smart

Eating Smart Cooking Smart is a fun and hands-on nutrition education program that focuses on health eating, keeping your food safe and cooking healthy meals. The series of lessons are taught once a week for four weeks focusing on a different topic. If you would like to eat healthier and learn how to prepare some health recipes these classes are for you.

What participants will receive:
• Eating Smart Cooking Smart cookbook
• Eating Smart Cooking Smart Certificate
• Sampling of recipes at each class

Mediterranean Diet

The Mediterranean Diet, sometimes referred to as the ‘Greek Mediterranean Diet’ or ‘Mediterranean Diet Plan’ is actually more of a dietary pattern that is characteristic of people living in regions around the Mediterranean Sea. Although it is called a diet, the Mediterranean diet is not about cutting calories and restricting foods like the popular diet trends in America today. Instead, it is a way of life and is about enjoying a wide variety of whole, nourishing foods with friends and family while practicing an active lifestyle.

There are proven benefits associated with the Mediterranean Diet. These benefits include a lower incidence of:

• Cancer
• Cardiovascular Disease
• Metabolic Syndrome
• Alzheimer’s Disease
• Parkinson’s Disease

Youth NutritionYouth Nutrition Programing

A variety of in-class and after-school programming focusing on nutrition, physical activity and life skills.

Get Stronger, Live LongerEat Smart, Live Strong

Eat Smart, Live Strong includes fun, social and interactive sessions designed to improve fruit and vegetable consumption and physical activity among adult’s age 55 and older. Throughout the sessions participants will gain the skills needed to promote healthy behavior changes to improve their overall health and well-being.

Topics Include:
• Reach Your Goals, Step by Step
• Challenges and Solutions
• Colorful and Classic Favorites
• Eat Smart, Spend Less

Enjoy fun and lively activities with older adults!
Talk about easy ways to make smart food choices and exercise more.
Learn how you can Eat Smart and Live Strong.

Click here for a list of classes

Keeping ahead of COVID-19

This rapidly evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) has imposed an unsettling, fluid situation upon our community and its businesses. While the team here still aims to maintain a “business as usual” approach, we are making a number of significant changes to our operations to account for a situation that is far from normal.