The RGV Diabetes Association offers cooking classes at Frontera Audubon

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Adopting healthy eating and lifestyle habits is important for those diagnosed with diabetes, and a step-by-step approach makes those goals attainable, according to Diana Ramirez, executive director of the Rio Grande Valley Diabetes Association (RGVDA).

“Taking a step to prevent and control diabetes doesn’t mean food deprivation—you don’t have to give up your favorite foods. On the contrary, the RGVDA teaches how to cook healthier and take pleasure from your meals without feeling hungry or deprived,” she said.

The RGVDA, in partnership with Frontera Audubon, will now be offering cooking classes led by a registered dietician every other month for adults with or at risk of diabetes in the Mid-Valley. The first cooking class will be Tuesday, May 26th at 5:30 p.m. at the Frontera Audubon Society, located at 1101 S. Texas Blvd.

The free class will focus on the importance of a healthy diet for those with diabetes. To register for the class, please call the RGVDA office at (956) 782-1900. Space is limited.

Ramirez says with obesity as a leading factor contributing to diabetes and related complications, educational events such as these help not only raise awareness of this epidemic and disease in the Rio Grande Valley, but also encourage a lifestyle change.

“We can help you to make these changes by teaching you how to cook the right way. RGVDA will be providing you all with tips need to prepare a healthy lunch, along with delicious and healthy recipes,” she said.

Ramirez said the RGVDA hosts cooking classes and lectures in the McAllen/Edinburg area, but the organization saw the need to provide classes in the Mid-Valley.

“We saw that many who attend our lectures and cooking classes live in the Mid-Valley area, so we wanted to make these opportunities accessible to them,” she said.

“We partnered with Frontera Audubon because it is a beautiful, natural setting where participants can take a walk on the nature trail. It’s a beautiful and safe haven to walk and relax as well as view birds and butterflies,” Ramirez added.

The RGVDA is a local non-profit organization whose mission is dedicated to the prevention of diabetes and its complications through educational services, early detection and awareness.  The RGVDA’s focus is to bring attention to a growing health epidemic that affects one out of every four people in Hidalgo County, making it one of the worst-afflicted areas in the country.  Type 2 diabetes is preventable and manageable through a healthy regimen of exercise and diet.

Frontera Audubon is located at 1101 S. Texas Blvd. in Weslaco. The property is home to a15-acre nature preserve that includes walkable thicket trails, gardens, wetlands, and ponds. Frontera Audubon also houses a Visitor’s Center and the Skaggs House, a Texas Historical Landmark, built in 1927.

The mission of Frontera Audubon (a 501c3 nonprofit organization) is to preserve and promote the natural and historical environment for the education and enjoyment of the community. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. The preserve is closed Mondays.

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KISSING CARDINALS?

Bill wants me to post this pair of cardinals that he photographed yesterday.

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And he also shot this lovely American Redstart.

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Frontera Audubon is open from 8-4 on Saturday and noon-4 on Sunday.  Come by and see what’s flying.

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THE MIGRATION IS ON!

Frontera is hopping.  With birds, that is!  Our birders reported close to 50 species yesterday and 57 today.  Here is a happy Painted Bunting photographed by William B. Kennedy at the water feature.  Dan Jones reports seeing 7 on Saturday alone.

 

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Earth Day Family Day this Saturday

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Earth Day Family Day

Presented by Weslaco High School student volunteers

Student volunteers from Weslaco High School invite you to bring your family out to Frontera Audubon Sanctuary this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to celebrate the earth through hands-on crafts and activities. The nature sanctuary is located at 1101 S. Texas Blvd. in Weslaco, and a $2 donation is requested per accompanying adult, and children and teens are free. Hot dogs will be served for lunch.

“The students want to bring awareness to the earth and the importance of taking care of the environment, while getting outdoors and learning about conservation in fun ways,” says Weslaco High School Science Teacher Craig Weart, who is helping the students coordinate the event.

He said activities include crafting unique bird feeders, creating a colorful butterfly, and about six other stations, including face painting. Students will also guide participants on a walk in the 15-acre Thicket forest.

“[The high school students] want to be of service, and be the teacher for once–to take that leadership role,” Weart says.

The activity also helps students gain service hours. According to Frontera Audubon’s executive director, Sarah Williams-Salazar, requests for service volunteer hours have increased in recent years.

“We get so many calls from students requesting volunteer opportunities to fulfill their club or school’s volunteer service requirements. Since we have a very small staff, it was becoming increasingly difficult to meet the demand, so we created scheduled volunteer service days,” she said.

The scheduled volunteer days are open to all high school or college students who need volunteer hours, and are set for the first and third Saturdays and the fourth Sunday of every month. Any high school students who need hours must call Frontera’s office to ensure an adult volunteer will be on hand to supervise on those days, Williams-Salazar said. The number is 956-968-3275.

“Several of the students participating in the Earth Day activities on Saturday have become regular volunteers at Frontera. It’s nice to see the awareness of and willingness to help the earth coming from Weslaco’s young people,” she said.

Frontera Audubon, the oldest environmental organization in the Rio Grande Valley, is located at 1101 S. Texas Blvd. in Weslaco. Frontera Audubon’s 15-acre nature preserve is a haven for birds, butterflies, and other wildlife that thrive among its Tamaulipan Thornscrub habitat, orchard butterfly garden, wetlands, and ponds. Frontera Audubon also houses a Visitor’s Center and the Skaggs House, a Texas Historical Landmark, built in 1927.

The mission of Frontera Audubon is to preserve and promote the natural and historical environment for the education and enjoyment of the community. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. The preserve is closed Mondays. For more information, call 956-968-3275 or email fronteraaudubon@gmail.com.

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BAD HAIR DAY

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Come by Frontera Audubon between rain showers and watch the birds take their baths!  Thanks William B. Kennedy for the fine photo.

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THURSDAY’S VISITOR

Here is the bird William B. Kennedy found at our water feature on Thursday.  What a shot!

 

The Hawk

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UP CLOSE

You can get up close and personal with the wildlife at Frontera!  Our photographer, William B. Kennedy, and this visiting bird were eye to eye!

 

 

 

 

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