Course focuses on healthy lifestyles

GRAFTON—Everyone likes to be able to save some money, right? And, we could all be a little healthier, so Taylor County WVU Extension Nutrition Outreach Specialist Jeanette Coole will be offering two Eating Smart Being Active classes to help residents achieve both of these goals.

“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.

“Saving ten dollars a week on food could add up to be over $500 in savings per year,” shared Coole. “We are going to teach the necessary knowledge for people to be able to do this.”

The course, which will last for 8 weeks, will focus on nine individual lessons including ways to get moving. Participants will also learn how to plan, shop and save, make smarter portion choices with fruits and veggies, choose the right kind of grains and how to build strong bones.

Coole will teach individuals how to go lean with protein, how to make a lasting change and will celebrate their choice to eat smart and be active.

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.

“At the end of the course, we will give each participant a cookbook filled with recipes that are made for under $10, and will feed a family of four,” Coole shared. “We live what we teach.”

The course will begin on Monday, August 13, with two class times for individuals to choose from. The first class will be held from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., and the second class will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

“We wanted to offer both a morning and evening class to allow participants to choose which time would work best for them” Coole shared. “Individuals can choose between either time each week, to better suit their schedule.”

All classes will be held at the Taylor County WVU Extension Office, located at 7 Hospital Plaza, Grafton.

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

“We have free gifts for those that register,” voiced Coole. “Refer a friend or bring them with you to register, and we will give you another free gift.”

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

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