Healthy Eating for Diabetes

Overview

Healthy Eating for Diabetes or Comida Saludable para la Diabetes is a collaborative education program for individuals who are living with diabetes and food insecurity. This program offers a comprehensive range of services including four weekly classes focusing on diabetes education, nutrition and cooking, access to bi-monthly boxes of healthy foods and produce, follow-up social support meetings and free monitoring of blood Hemoglobin A1C levels for all participants.

At the completion of the four-week curriculum, participants receive bi-monthly food provisions with diabetic friendly foods (low-sodium, high fiber, whole grain etc.) and produce to support continued health, learning and application of their new food literacy training. Participants also take a grocery tour as part of the curriculum to explore making healthy food choices and experience the importance of physical activity and group activities for diabetes self-management.

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Who is Served

About 21% of households served by the Foodbank have at least one member with diabetes. When people don’t have access to sufficient food, their ability to maintain a proper diet to manage a diabetes regimen is compromised.

Program Impact

To date, the Foodbank has completed three Healthy Eating for Diabetes series with Santa Maria residents, and began a fourth this September. The first series for Santa Barbara residents started in June with support from Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics and Cottage Health, and more are slated to run countywide this fall.

“Through these Foodbank classes I feel alive again. I made changes to my food choices every day and I inspired my family to do the same. I have the motivation to care for my own health.’” – Maria, currently enrolled in The Healthy Eating for Diabetes Program.

Program Partners

This program operates in partnership with Dignity Health, Marian Regional Medical Center, Marian Community Clinics and the Family Medicine Center in North Santa Barbara County, and with Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics and Cottage Health in South Santa Barbara County.

For more information about the Foodbank’s diabetes programs, contact Anne Barkett, Community Programs Manager, (805) 680-8274 or abarkett@foodbanksbc.org.

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