Livingston County Health Center's Certified Diabetes Educator Anita Perry will be presenting "Meal Planning" this Thursday, March 21, from 1 until 3 p.m. There is no charge for the class.

Educational classes are an opportunity for people living with diabetes to learn about their condition in order to have better success in their treatment, Perry said. The health center offers basic diabetes education through monthly classes.

"Meal Planning" is one of the most requested classes by local residents living with diabetes. Other classes include: "Diabetes Medications and Home Glucose Monitoring," and "Staying Healthy with Diabetes."

The two-hour class is offered on the third Thursday of every month from 1 until 3 p.m. on a rotating quarterly basis. The sessions include information about nutrition, medications, home glucose monitoring, exercise and avoiding long and short term complications. Content is based on self-care lifestyle changes that may need to be made to improve or control diabetes.

Classes are intended for both the newly-diagnosed person with diabetes, and the person who has been dealing with diabetes but may need a review of basic management. Those who have not been diagnosed, but have been alerted by their doctor to the possibility of developing diabetes are also welcome. There is no charge to attend classes, and individuals can attend any or all classes, and even repeat the same classes to stay on track, if they desire.

People with diabetes, unlike those with many other medical problems, can't just take pills or insulin in the morning, and then forget about their health the rest of the day. Differences in diet, exercise levels, stress and other factors may all affect blood sugar levels. The more people with diabetes learn how these factors affect them, the better control they will be able to achieve, Perry said. Therefore, as the experts know and will tell you, despite all the advances in diabetes treatment, education remains the cornerstone of diabetes management.

For more information about classes including scheduled dates, visit the health center website at or the Facebook page at LivingstonCountyHealthCenter or call 646-5506.