Seminar to help diabetics enjoy holiday foods

The holiday season can be a difficult time for people with diabetes as many popular seasonal treats are rich in sugar and other ingredients harmful to diabetics. Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital (RPMH) hopes to equip the community with the knowledge to make better food choices with a free Munch and Learn Seminar on Wednesday, Dec. 12. “If you’re cooking holiday treats, planning ahead of time can help you make your favorite treats with alternative, healthier ingredients,” said Brenda Hollis, dietitian at RPMH. “Our seminar is designed to help attendees feel more comfortable with ingredient choices and know which foods they should stay away from.” The hospital is no stranger to similar education programs, but this will be the first time where the program will focus on cooking and baking techniques. Hollis explained that food is just one of the ways diabetics can manage their disease, and knowing how to make healthier treats doesn’t mean that taste has to be sacrificed. According to the American Diabetes Association, nearly one in 10 adults in the United States are affected by the disease. If not managed properly, diabetes can have a serious impact on one’s health and could also lead to death. While diabetes is not curable, most symptoms can be controlled through an appropriate balance of exercise and a healthy diet. Before beginning any new diet or exercise program, you are encouraged to talk with your family physician. The Munch and Learn seminar on holiday dieting for diabetics will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at the RPMH Emergency Department classroom from noon until 1 p.m. The event is free to attend, but interested individuals must register before Dec. 12, by calling 325-235-1701 ext. 221. Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital is a community-focused healthcare provider serving residents in Nolan County, Texas. Founded in 1976, Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital offers a wealth of medical services including: 24 hour emergency care, advanced radiology services including CT scanning and MRIs, outpatient lab, physical therapy, surgical services, swing bed services, patient education, home health and assistive services, and more. For additional information, please visit