03/12/2014 04:09 EDT | Updated 05/12/2014 05:59 EDT

Webinars focus on healthy living for those with Type 1 or 2 diabetes

VANCOUVER - The Canadian Diabetes Association is giving a series of free online seminars to provide information and tips to those living with Type 1 or 2 diabetes.

The next webinar is Thursday at 6 p.m. PT, when registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator Barbara Allan will present "A-Salt with a Deadly Weapon" as part of the Canadian Diabetes Association's series.

Allan, who became one of the first certified diabetes educators in Canada in 1991, is co-author of "The Diabetes Prevention & Management Cookbook: Your 10-Step Plan for Nutrition & Lifestyle" published with the association.

"There is so much hype about salt and sodium that it's sometimes hard to know what to believe," Allan said in a statement. "Through my webinar, I'll speak to the value of sodium in everyday health and nutrition; the role that sodium has on blood pressure control; and discuss why reducing sodium may be important with some practical suggestions."

Individuals can sign up at no cost to attend any of the available webinars, running until August, with topics ranging from kids, food and nutrition to health, travel and foot care. All that's needed is an Internet connection.

The webinars, each about one hour, are being recorded and will be posted on YouTube.

The series is being funded by an unrestricted educational grant from Lilly.

Other webinars this month include "Variables — Managing Activity, Diet, Blood Sugar, Stress and More," for those with Type 1 diabetes (also Thursday) and "Eating Well," for those with Type 2 diabetes, on March 26.

To register or for more information, visit