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Let’s Cook and Eat Healthy
Let’s Cook and Eat Healthy is a partner education workshop for direct support professionals, foster parents, and others who work with low-income clients. Participants will gain knowledge and learn skills for healthy eating and active living. They can then pass on what they learned to their clients, participants, or foster children.
Participants in this program will learn how to:
- Communicate MyPlate messages for healthy eating and active living to their clients.
- Teach menu planning, cooking skills, and safe food handling techniques to their clients.
- Identify environmental factors that encourage healthy eating and active living and communicate messages about these factors to their clients.
- Set goals to help their clients eat healthier foods and become more physically active.
- Partner with community agencies and their local SNAP-Ed educator to meet goals set in the workshop.
Space and Time Requirements
This program consists of a 6-hour workshop held in a kitchen setting. The session can be adapted to meet the learning needs of participants, and within reason to fit the space and time needs of the partnering agency.
Let’s Cook and Eat Healthy was developed by staff and educators with University of Minnesota Extension. Content is based on the USDA’s MyPlate food guide and other food preparation principles.
To find out more about this program or explore the possibilities of this program being offered at your agency, contact the SNAP-Ed Team.
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