Mercer Pharmacy Students Produce a New Cookbook for Diabetics


ATLANTA — Millions of diabetics across the world now have another resource for fighting the disease thanks to Mercer's Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) chapter.

The chapter led the effort to publish the recently released cookbook Diabetic Cooking: The Perfect Dose, which is now on sale on for $10. The book is sponsored by Walmart and includes recipes approved by the American Diabetes Association. The recipes were collected through a recipe drive with other SNPhA chapters from some 100 pharmacy schools across the nation. SNPhA is the student arm of the National Pharmaceutical Association (NPhA), the professional organization representing the views and ideals of minority pharmacists.

Mercer pharmacy student Ashley Wilkerson proposed the book while serving as the chapter SNPhA Diabetes Initiative chair. Proceeds from the book will support the Mercer SNPhA chapter and the American Diabetes Association.

“The purpose of the book is to provide a resource for preparing foods geared toward a diabetic diet,” Wilkerson wrote in the proposal.

“The recipes will give diabetics an alternative for their favorite recipes and provide health information that will help improve their disease state.”

The cookbook initiative is serving as a pilot fundraising project for the national student organization. If successful, the initiative will serve as a national fundraiser for SNPhA during National Diabetes Month in November 2013.

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Mercer University's College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is ranked No. 4 among pharmacy programs at private institutions in the United States, according to U.S. News & World Report. The College offers doctoral degrees in pharmacy (Pharm.D.), pharmaceutical sciences (Ph.D.), and physical therapy (DPT), and the master's degree (M.M.Sc.) for physician assistants. Founded in 1903 as the independent Southern School of Pharmacy, the school merged with Mercer University in 1959 and in 1981 became the first school in the Southeast to offer the Doctor of Pharmacy degree as its sole professional degree. The College officially became a comprehensive College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in 2006, adding the Department of Physician Assistant Studies in 2006 and the Department of Physical Therapy in 2010. With an enrollment of more than 850 students and a distinguished faculty of basic scientists and clinicians, the College houses five centers focusing on research, teaching and learning. The College's motto, “A Tradition of Excellence – A Legacy of Caring,” frames its philosophy of providing excellent academic programs in an environment where every student matters and every person counts. For more information about the College, please call 678.547.6244 or visit