Dining with Diabetes is a national Extension program for adults with type 2 diabetes or pre -diabetes and their families that teaches healthy meal planning and other self-management skills to manage this disease. Diet is an essential component of diabetes management along with physical activity, medication, and monitoring. Participants learn how to prepare healthy, well-balanced meals, incorporate physical activity into their lifestyle, and monitor their ‘numbers’.

The Dining with Diabetes curriculum has been reviewed and certified by the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) as meeting the 7 Self-Care Behaviors, which are essential for successful and effective diabetes self-management: Healthy Eating, Being Active, Monitoring, Taking Medication, Problem Solving, Healthy coping, and Reducing Risks.

Dining with Diabetes complements and does not replace other diabetes education and
management programs. It includes a series of four weekly, 2-hour sessions and a three-month follow up class. Each class offers a food demonstration and tasting, discussions regarding important information, recipes, and other resources to help manage diabetes.

You are encouraged to attend all the sessions to gain the benefits from this program.
Participants will learn:

  •  Menu planning

  •  Carbohydrate counting

  •  Portion control

  •  Label reading

  •  Healthy fats

  •  Importance of fiber in managing diabetes

*Note: Individual meal plans are not provided.

Who should attend the Dining with Diabetes program? The program is available to anyone, 18 years or older who is:

  • at-risk for or currently has type 2 diabetes

  • has pre-diabetes

  • a family member or caregiver who provides support for someone with type 2 diabetes

  • interested in learning more about managing and preventing type 2 diabetes

The program is led by a team of trained registered dietitians and University of Maryland Extension educators in consultation with registered dietitians.

                                                   Terry Serio                                        Lisa McCoy
                                                   Karen Basinger                               Mona Habibi
                                                   Cheryl Bush                                     Shauna Henley
                                                   Jennifer Dixon-Cravens              Dhruti Patel 
                                                   Beverly Jackey                               Deborah Rhodes
                                                   Erin Jewell                                                                                                               

Where can you attend a program?
Dining with Diabetes is a statewide program, offered in-person in most counties in Maryland. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, the program is currently FREE and only offered virtually throughout the state.

Upcoming Online Dining with Diabetes Programs

Wednesdays                                      March 31, April 7, 14, 21                         5:00pm- 6:30pm
Thursdays                                          June 3, 10, 17, 24                                       11:00am-12:30pm
Wednesdays                                      August, 4, 11, 18, 25                                 6:00pm- 7:30pm
Tuesdays                                           October 5, 12, 19, 26                                 6:30pm- 8:00pm


To register for any of these programs, click on the link below:

Contact Us

Beverly Jackey MS, RDN

Cecil County Extension Office

200 Chesapeake Blvd., Suite 1500

Elkton, MD 21921