Adults with diabetes can learn how to make healthy, delicious meals through a series of four virtual Kitchen Creations classes. The classes are taught by a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and four County Extension Agents from New Mexico State University.
To enroll in the Kitchen Creations cooking school for free, go to or contact the Socorro County Extension Office by phone at 575-835-0610 or email at [email protected].
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 3 p.m. on Monday, May 3. Participants can access classes with an electronic device or by phone.
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 NMSU. “Kitchen Creations opens their eyes to a wide variety of options to enjoy healthy eating. We are pleased to offer these classes online during the pandemic so participants can learn how to successfully manage diabetes at home.”
Hundreds of New Mexicans participate in Kitchen Creations every year. One 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.”
The 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.
The classes are also sponsored by the American Diabetes Association.