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.
Cornell Cooperative Extension Onondaga County (CCEOC) participated in the Healthy Hearts, Healthy Families- Syracuse City School District event on February 2, 2018 at Institute of Technology at Syracuse Central. CCEOC facilitated the Mystery Box interactive activity with the families in attendance so they could relate to a variety of fruits and vegetables choices. CCEOC also provided a food demonstration featuring bean and broccoli quesadillas. During the family dinner a panel discussion took place that focused adopting heart-healthy lifestyles with nutrition and physical activity. SUNY Upstate Pediatrician, Dr. Joe Nimeh, and volunteers from the American Heart Association gave presentations on the importance of adopting healthy behaviors with food and physical activity. The SCSD Nutrition &Food Service Department provided dinner for families also using recipes from Let’s Get Cooking cookbook.