Research shows that low-income minority adults have an increased risk for cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes, and osteoporosis. A large majority of this population tends to eat poorly, have limited food preparation skills, lack nutrition knowledge, and have low levels of physical activity. They also have limited opportunities to learn about healthy eating and food skills. In order to remedy this increasing health epidemic, food skills programs must be developed and implemented for this population.
Teaching nutrition and food skills to adults will foster independence and provide them with the knowledge, skills, and self-confidence to make healthy meals. Current literature indicates that by using different strategies, this population can acquire basic nutrition information, learn to shop for groceries, plan menus, and prepare healthy foods.
The goal of our nutrition education program is to inspire and empower families and individuals to lead healthier lives by teaching them to eat well and stretch their food dollars in the process.
Program participants will learn how to make good choices to improve the nutritional quality of the meals and snacks they eat.
Program participants will increase their ability to select and buy food that meets the nutritional needs of themselves and their family members.
Program participants will gain new skills in food production and preparation.
Learn to better manage their food budgets.