Families encouraged to get healthier through online program

TAYLOR COUNTY— If you’re looking for a way to prepare delicious meals for your family, while still keeping the food you prepare healthy and shop on a budget, the West Virginia University Extension Office is offering a program just for you.

The organization is rolling out an online Eating Smart, Being Active Program that was developed by their friends at Colorado State University, as a way to help education the community on how you can eat good food, that is good for them and their families.

According to Gina Wood, with WVU Extension Service Family Nutrition Program, the information shared in the online courses is based on current dietary guidelines from the USDA. These recommendations are aimed to promote good health, prevent chronic disease and help people reach and maintain a healthy weight.

Throughout the virtual course, which will meet live once a week for six weeks, participants will be lead by WVU Extension Service Nutrition Outreach Instructors and Health Educators learning how to read food labels, learn new recipes and discover some fun but healthy cooking methods.

While eating healthy on a budget may not always be an easy task, it is possible, and the Eating Smart, Being Active Program will show you just how to make it happen.

“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,” said Taylor County WVU Extension Nutrition Outreach Instructor Jeanette Coole. “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.” 

Wood noted that the program will help families shop for and prepare tasty meals that the entire family will enjoy while on a budget.

And even better, thanks to funding from the USDA’s SNAP and EFNEP Programs, this opportunity is being offered at no cost to participants. 

 At the conclusion of the six week course, those who take part will receive a Eating Smart, Being Active cookbook, some new kitchen gadgets and a graduation certificate.

 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.

If you’re interested in joining in on the fun and learning some kitchen tips that are both yummy and healthy, you can visit https://wvu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3g6YHffQduyTDi5 to sign up. You can also access this link and find additional information by visiting the WVU Extension Service Facebook page at, https://www.facebook.com/WVUESFNP/.




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