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.
This past weekend I attended Healthy Kids Day at the Norwich YMCA where I have also done after-school programming with the children. I had one girl come up to me that had previously done a series with me at the YMCA after-school site and said that her family made the minestrone soup that she sampled in after-school for dinner twice so far. This recipe was a sampling I had brought for them during one of the lessons and they all really enjoyed all of the different vegetables that I added into it. She said that her mom made it too spicy for her the first time but the second time she tamed it down more!! It was a great way to introduce new recipes. We find that if children enjoy the recipes themselves they are more likely to take them home to share with their families...this is a perfect example of that!