Free Healthy Cooking Class Series Begins August 17 in Blue Hill
July 25, 2016

Healthy Acadia is excited to offer a free six-class “Cooking Matters” series beginning on August 17, 2016. Classes will meet on Wednesdays from 2-4 pm at the Halcyon Grange, 1157 Pleasant Street, North Blue Hill through September 21. The series is specially designed for those struggling with a tight food budget. Classes will offer participants an opportunity to learn easy ways to prepare healthy, delicious meals and stretch their food dollars.

“Cooking Matters teaches healthy eating habits, cooking skills, food shopping, and budgeting through a fun and hands-on learning experience,” said Nikki Fox, Healthy Acadia’s Hancock County Nutrition Education Coordinator. In each class, under the guidance of Fox, participants will work together to create a meal and enjoy sampling their completed dishes. Free take-home ingredients will be provided for participants each week to recreate one of the lesson’s recipes at home. A recipe book and other helpful kitchen tools are also provided to participants upon graduation to support cooking at home and more healthful living.

This free class series is supported by a Thriving in Place (TiP) grant, awarded to Healthy Peninsula, in partnership with 10 local community health organizations, by the Maine Health Access Foundation. Participants are requested to commit to all six classes in the series. To register for this series, please contact Nikki Fox at 667-7171 or email nikki@healthyacadia.org.

Healthy Acadia Nutrition Education Initiative classes are made possible through Maine SNAP-Ed. Maine SNAP-Ed is funded by the USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, which is administered by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and implemented statewide by the University of New England (UNE) through contracts with local community coalitions. Maine SNAP-Ed educates low-income families on low cost, healthy eating and active lifestyles.