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Commissioners Promote “Reading Is Mammoth Fun” Club

The Lackawanna County Commissioners joined forces with The Scranton Public Library to promote the 2013 “Reading Is Mammoth Fun” club. This Winter activity runs through March 1 and is the perfect way for children to learn, be involved in a constructive pastime, and meet other youngsters. This initiative is part of the “Tales For Tots” program.

L-r, Commissioner Jim Wansacz; Mary Garm, Lackawanna County Library System Administrator; Mary Zaccone, Director of the Carbondale Public Library; and Commissioner Corey D. O’Brien.

Penn State Extension Offers Dining with Diabetes Program

PSU Dining With Diabetes Salad Recipe – Nicole McGeehan, Dining with Diabetes instructor and Penn State Extension community health educator, prepares a diabetic friendly spinach salad recipe for sampling by Dining with Diabetes program participants.

Type 2 diabetes is becoming more common due to the rising rates of obesity. Making good food choices, being physically active and monitoring blood glucose levels are important ways in which diabetics can manage their disease.

To help Type 2 diabetics understand and manage their diabetes, Penn State Extension in Lackawanna County in partnership with The Wright Center is offering a program called Dining with Diabetes. The 4- week program will be held on Fridays starting March 1, 2013 through March 22 from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. with a follow-up class on May 31 at The Wright Center, 5 South Washington Avenue, Jermyn, PA 18433.

Each class will include:

  • Food demonstrations and tasting recipes
  • Physical activity and ideas to take home
  • Discussions regarding important information to help you manage your diabetes

In addition, lab tests to measure HbA1c will be offered. Participants will receive a pedometer, exercise DVD, recipes, and more. The cost of the program is $40.00 per person or $55.00 for two family members living in the same household. Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries receive free registration and scholarships are available. For questions or to register, please call Penn State Extension in Lackawanna County at 570-963-6842 by Friday, February 22, 2013.

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