MINNEAPOLIS — Dreamfields Pasta has launched a contest to recognize the best “DFF” (Diabetes Friend Forever). DFFs may be friends, family members, caregivers or health care professionals such as dietitians, diabetes educators, doctors, nurses and pharmacists.

“I know firsthand how important a DFF can be,” said Sherri Shepherd, co-host of “The View,” and national spokesperson for the Dreamfields DFF program. “Since I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 2007, I’ve been fortunate to have two DFFs in my life — my son Jeffrey and my trainer, ‘The Evil One.’ They’ve inspired me to lose 40 lbs, and I’m keeping the weight off and controlling my blood sugar with exercise and diabetes-friendly foods like Dreamfields pasta.”

By visiting www.diabetesfriendsforever.com, individuals may submit a story about the person or persons who help them live the diabetes lifestyle. Nineteen DFFs and their nominators will be awarded cash prizes ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 each and/or a free case of Dreamfields pasta.

Made from durum wheat semolina, Dreamfields tastes like traditional pasta, but contains twice the fiber, only 5 grams of digestible carbohydrates and has a 65% lower glycemic index. It also contains inulin; a 100% natural prebiotic fiber that helps promote healthy digestion.