While diabetes is not curable, it is manageable.

Skills needed to effectively manage diabetes are well documented. Diabetes education is not readily available, yet the number of Americans with diabetes is rapidly growing. Nationwide, 19.8 million people, 18 years and over, have been diagnosed with diabetes.

According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, the prevalence of diagnosed diabetes in people age 18 years and older is estimated at 1.7 million in Texas (9.7 percent of this age group). Another estimated 425,157 people aged 18 years and older in Texas are believed to be undiagnosed.

In 2009, diabetes affected about 13,000 (8.5 percent) of individuals on Ellis County, according to the Center of Disease Control.

The Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Ellis County, has teamed up with the North Central Texas Area Agency on Aging to provide cooking information and education for individuals/caregivers of diabetics, 60 years of age and older.

An event is planned for 12:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, at the Waxahachie Senior Center, 122 Park Hills Drive.

The program will focus on:

•guidelines for good nutrition,

•using labels and

•cooking demonstration.

Recipes and other information will be distributed. Each participant or family will receive a copy of the American Diabetes Association book, “Month of Meals: Diabetic Meal Planner.” The books will be provided by the North Central Texas Area Agency on Aging.

Due to space, only 25 will be able to attend the program. Individuals/caregivers interested and or seeking further information, must call for reservations, no later than Wednesday, Aug. 24, to 972-825-5175.

For more information, contact Rita M. Hodges, county extension agent for family and consumer sciences, 701 S. Interstate 35E, Suite 3, Waxahachie; call 972-825-5175; or email rmhodges@ag.tamu.edu.