Eating Healthier in Alachua County

Adults learn cooking skills at UF HealthStreet

Photo by UF/IFAS Photography

In the kitchen at UF HealthStreet in Gainesville, Fla., a small group of enthusiastic adults meets weekly to cook together and learn to eat healthier. Each class begins with a discussion about nutrition and time to share their experiences with one another before the cooking begins.

The UF/IFAS Extension Family Nutrition Program (FNP) provides the free six-week series to help SNAP (formerly Food Stamps)-eligible participants learn how to prepare healthy meals on a limited budget.

The group practices knife skills, basic cooking techniques, such as sautรฉing, and food safety. At the end of the evening, they each set a personal nutrition-related goal for the week and take home free groceries to practice the recipe at home. One participant said:

โ€œYour class changed my life! I am very thankful. Had I not learned the tools to make better, healthier choices regarding my nutrition, I was surely on my way to a myriad of health problems. I now have the knowledge to read labels and make meal plans and shop.โ€

UF HealthStreet is an innovative community engagement program at the University of Florida that improves the health of our community by bridging gaps in health care and health research.

2018-06-06T17:15:01+00:00June 6th, 2018|Success Stories|0 Comments

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