WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-Pa., on Friday announced the awarding of grant funds for a diabetes education program in six rural Pennsylvania counties.
The funding, totaling $295,562 was awarded by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to the Pennsylvania State University’s Dining with Diabetes Program.
Initially the program will be offered in six counties, selected from the following: Cameron, McKean, Potter, Clarion, Crawford, Greene, Indiana and Venango. The two remaining counties will be added the second year.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) those affected with diabetes had medical expenditures that were 2.3 times higher than those without diabetes. This has carried an estimated cost of $176 billion nationally in 2014. In addition to more than $69 billion in indirect costs, due to disability, work loss and premature death were attributed to diabetes in the same year.
“Diabetes is taking its toll on Pennsylvania’s populations, including those individuals in more rural counties. This program will continue to bridge the gap in community-based education programs, which will serve to assist rural and at risk populations,” Thompson said.
“Participants in the Dining with Diabetes program will attend five weekly sessions and learn key diabetes-related medical information, including management of blood sugar through meal preparation, nutrition, and physical activity,” said Dr. Marilyn Corbin, Assistant Director for Family and Consumer Science Programs with the Penn State Cooperative Extension. “We are grateful for Congressman Thompson’s support of funding for the National Institute of Food and Agriculture that enables us to serve six rural counties in Pennsylvania with diabetes education.”