Classes focused on being healthy being offered


TAYLOR COUNTY—Are you tired of feeling like a lump on a log, just sitting around stuffing your face with unhealthy food choices? Well, then you won’t want to miss an upcoming course geared at getting residents up, moving and making healthier food choices.

The West Virginia University Extension Office is on a mission to help residents, both young and old, achieve a better relationship with food and eating, helping to put more green on their plates and some back in their wallets.

Taylor County WVU Extension Nutrition Outreach Instructor Jeanette Coole will be offering a class this fall to help families achieve those goals.

Join Coole at her Eating Smart Being Active class, which will kick off on November 4 and will run through December 23, on Mondays, beginning at 5:30 p.m., at the Taylor County Public Library.

“Come join us in learning a healthy lifestyle by eating smart and being active,” invited Coole. “Our mission is to help families eat better for less.”

The Eating Smart Being Active course is an interactive, hands-on approach to teaching individuals how to make healthy lifestyle choices, while saving them some money and getting them physically active.

“Seeing it and doing it are the best way for folks to learn. I also make sure that my class walks away with access to local resources,” said Coole.

The Eating Smart Being Active classes are taught using the USDA’s nutritional guidelines.  These recommendations are aimed to promote good health, prevent chronic disease and help people reach and maintain a healthy weight.

During the two-hour classes, participants will learn how to cook healthy meals, learn basic guidelines to help keep food safe, receive tips for saving money, sample new foods and learn new recipes.

Coole said that she also helps the class learn to stretch their food dollars. 

“You can be healthy on a budget.  Trust me, it can be done, and my job is to show folks how to do that as well as how to properly read a food label and plan healthy budget friendly menus,” she said. ““Saving ten dollars a week on food could add up to be over $500 in savings per year, and we are going to teach the necessary knowledge for people to be able to do this.”

She also revealed that there will be great prizes, yummy food, informative demonstrations, helpful recipes and lots of fun.

The extension’s Family Nutrition Program is comprised of numerous nutrition, food and physical activity projects designed to help limited resource families, youth, and adults improve their health. It targets risk factors associated with obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension, and other chronic diseases.

Eating Smart Being Active is being held in partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food Agriculture. The class is being made possible through grant funding through the agency.

To register for the course, please contact Coole at the WVU Extension Office by phone at 304-265-3303.

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