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For release: August 21, 2013

Amy Kilgore 330.344.6014,
Kelly Ward-Smith 330.344.1681,

Akron General cooking series focuses on dining with diabetes
Two-part series includes demos and taste testing

Diabetes rates in our country have climbed so much that the disease is now being called an epidemic. In fact, approximately eight percent of the United States population has diabetes –and 18.8 million people have been diagnosed with the disease. In addition, 79 million people are classified as pre-diabetic.

Knowing what to eat, how to prepare food and what to choose when dining out can be a challenge for individuals with diabetes and those who cook for and dine with them. That’s why Akron General offers Dining With Diabetes, a two-part cooking series for those with diabetes or people who are interested in how to cook for someone with diabetes. Dining With Diabetes incorporates cooking demonstrations, taste testing and healthy meal planning, all presented by certified diabetes educators and a professional chef.

Akron General’s Dining With Diabetes will be held September 11 and 18 from 6-8 p.m. at Akron General Medical Center, Frasche Classroom, 400 Wabash Avenue, Akron. Cost is $10 for the program. Register by calling 330-344-2462.

About Akron General Health System
Akron General Health System is a not-for-profit health care organization with the mission of improving the health and lives of the people and communities it serves. Akron General Health System includes: Akron General Medical Center, a 532-registered-bed teaching and research medical center, and Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute, the area’s largest provider of rehabilitation services; Akron General Partners, which includes Partners Physician Group, the Akron General Health & Wellness Centers, Lodi Community Hospital, Community Health Centers and other companies; Akron General Community Health Ventures, which includes Visiting Nurse Service and Affiliates, the largest and most comprehensive provider of home healthcare services in Ohio; and Akron General Foundation. Recently, U.S. News & World Report ranked Akron General Medical Center as the fifth best hospital in Ohio. In 2013, the American Nurses Association bestowed the prestigious “Magnet” status on the more that 1,000 nurses from Akron General Medical Center, Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute and the Health System’s Health & Wellness Centers. For more information about Akron General Health System, visit

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