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Extension Teaches Cooking Through Healthy Eating, Active Living

February 3, 2020
HEAL Program

Purdue Extension recieved a $1,000 grant from the St. Joseph Community Foundation to conduct a HEAL cooking series at Johnnie Mae Farm (JMF) in the fall of 2018. This series focused on teaching community members the importance of fresh fruits and vegetables in their diet and how to prepare healthy food. The first series had 12 participants with 5 completing all the cooking classes and graduating. Participants felt more confidence in the kitchen to be able to cook a variety of produce. They understood ways to take old recipies and make them healthier through substitution of ingredients. Participants reported eating as much as three additional servings of fruit or vegetables each day and feeling healthier in their daily lives. The success of the HEAL cooking series lead to additional funding to do the program again in the summer of 2019. Twelve more people were able to participate and improve their eating habits with healthy cooking skills.

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