Upshur County Extension Agent, Julie York, at Sit'em Down Cowboy Church for first 'Managing Type 2 Diabetes' session. Photo by Linda Baggett

Last week, Upshur County Extension Agent Julie York conducted the first in a five-part series on “Managing Type 2 Diabetes.” Joining Julie was Cherish O’Barr with United Health Care.

Session One was ‘How Food Affects Your Blood Glucose,’ and covered how to control diabetes through eating the right amount of carbs, regular physical activity, taking prescribed medications, and losing weight; selecting the ‘right’ carbs; breaking down nutrition labels, and more.

The remaining four sessions will be held at the new Heritage Center (162 East Gilmer Street) in Big Sandy. Dates, and topics are: ‘Are You Eating the Right Number of Carbs?’ on Wednesday, October 31st; ‘Beyond the Diet: Improving Your Blood Glucose Control with Physical Activity’ on Tuesday, November 6th; ‘Beyond Diet and Physical Activity: Improving Your Blood Glucose Control with Medication, on Monday, November 12th; and the final session, ‘Celebrating Diabetes Control: Having Your Cake (or Snack) and Eating It, Too!’ on Thursday, November 15th. Sessions 2-4 run from 12:30-3:30pm and Session 5 is from 1-4pm. Reference materials and healthy refreshments will be provided. Cost of each session is $10.

For reservations, contact Julie York, 903-843-4019 or email A special thanks to Sit’em Down Cowboy Church for the use of their church for the first session.