The Times West Virginian

March 18, 2013

Weekly classes focus on nutrition

Event planned in honor of National Nutrition Month

By Mary Wade Burnside
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — Norma Simbra, a registered dietitian, has a client who was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes about eight years ago.

“The doctor didn’t tell him what to do, so he was confused,” said Simbra, who serves as a consultant and who works two days a week at the John Manchin Sr. Health Care Center in Fairmont.

“He came to the clinic and I got to know him and his needs, and I started giving him information on what to expect, like checking his blood sugar and what the normal range is,” Simbra said.

The man was adamant about not taking any medication and so he and Simbra decided to work on a plan that would allow him to manage the diabetes without insulin or pills.

“Up to now, he has lost some weight and he’s not taking any medication,” Simbra said. “He just controls it by diet.

“This is one example of a good outcome. I wish all the patients who have diabetes would be as serious as him.”

This Thursday, in honor of the National Nutrition Month of March, sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Simbra will have a presentation in which she will cook a healthy dish. The event, which will be held from 10-11 a.m. at the John Manchin Sr. Health Care Center on Guffey Street, is open to the public.

“Anybody can come who is interested to learn about nutrition,” she said. “We emphasize cutting back on fats, sugar and salt. These are some of the dietary guidelines for Americans.”

Another recommendation, Simbra said, is to eat whole-grain cereal or brown rice every day as a source of carbohydrates.

“These are good carbohydrates,” she said. “We are trying to emphasize the fiber in the diet, because it has been shown through the studies that there is an increased incidence in colon cancer because of a lack of fiber.”


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