Nutrition is part of everyday life. Almost every gathering of people has food involved. We participate in many community events from health fairs to community celebrations. We are part of your community!
It’s fun to taste a roasted beet and find its sweet flavor surprising or taste a delicious dish…made with black beans, which you were sure you disliked! That’s what food demonstrations are all about. Each demonstration is paired with a nutrition lesson by a nutrition educator.
Grocery Store Tours
Have you ever wondered what unit prices are or wished you knew how to read a nutrition label? Join a nutrition educator for an interactive Cooking Matters at the Store tour to learn how to shop smarter, use nutrition information to make healthier choices, learn unit pricing and be able to prepare affordable meals.
Our nutrition educators teach free, interesting (and fun!) nutrition classes with adults and youth on topics such as healthy eating, basic cooking skills and grocery store savings. If you are an individual or an organization looking to take a class or organize a series of classes check out our offerings. In some of our workshops, nutrition educators teach basic food preparation and cooking skills, with a focus on adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet. Along with cooking, participants learn meal planning, healthy food shopping on a budget, how to select healthy recipes and food safety.
At the end of a talk about snacking on fruits and vegetables at the YMCA in Norwich, ESNY educator, Whitney, asked youth participants to come up with new vegetables they would like to try. The group decided they wanted to try eggplant! With eggplant in mind, Whitney came up with a food that she thought kids would love—eggplant pizzas! The next week at the YMCA, she did a food demonstration showing the group how they could make eggplant pizzas at home. The pizzas were a hug hit! One youth participant, Meadow, asked her mom if they could go to the store on the way home to buy some eggplant and make the pizzas at home. Meadow also told her mom that while the eggplant pizzas were cooking they smelled just like pizza she had gotten on the boardwalk in New Jersey! All of the youth participants gave the pizzas two thumbs up!