Adults with diabetes can learn how to make healthy, delicious meals through a series of four virtual Kitchen Creations classes.

Classes are taught by County Extension Agents Emily Bruton, Monica Gonzales-Wilder, Nicole Lujan, and Jennifer Shafer and by Registered Dietitian Janae Kraus. Participants will learn food safety, how to plan and prepare meals, read food labels, manage carbohydrates and other tips. The first class will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4. Participants can access classes with an electronic device or by phone.

Socorro County Extension office, 198 Neel Avenue

Over 10 percent of adults in New Mexico have diabetes. Research has shown that lifestyle changes, including healthier eating, can help manage diabetes and reduce the risk of complications.

“Many people with diabetes struggle with what to eat,” said Cassandra Vanderpool, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with New Mexico State University (NMSU). “Kitchen Creations opens their eyes to a wide variety of options to enjoy healthy eating. We are pleased to offer these classes online at this time so participants can learn how to successfully manage diabetes at home.”

Hundreds of New Mexicans participate in Kitchen Creations every year. A participant reported, “I’ve lost 8 pounds when I went to the doctor last, and my blood sugar has normalized, and my A1C has stabilized, and my cholesterol has lowered, because of the things I learned in this class.”

To enroll in the Kitchen Creations cooking school for free, go to or contact the Socorro County Cooperative Extension Office at 575-835-0610. This program is sponsored by the New Mexico Department of Health Diabetes Prevention and Control Program and offered by the NMSU Cooperative Extension Service as part of the Paths to Health NM: Tools for Healthier Living initiative. Visit for more information. NMSU, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and educator. If you are an individual with a disability who is in need of an auxiliary aid or service to participate, please contact Cassandra Vanderpool at 575-202-5065 by April 27.


Adriana M. Chávez, NMSU Extension service