Healthy Acadia and Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center Offer Free Healthy Cooking Class Series for Living with Cancer
February 19, 2016

Healthy Acadia is excited to offer a free six-class “Cooking Matters” series in partnership with the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center. "Cooking Matters" will meet on Thursdays from 1-3 pm at the Faith United Methodist Church in Columbia beginning March 24 and continuing through April 28. The series is specially designed for those struggling with a tight food budget while living with cancer. “Cooking Matters” is also beneficial for those living with diabetes and other chronic diseases. If space allows, members of the public not experiencing chronic disease are most welcome to participate. Classes will offer participants an opportunity to learn about easy ways to prepare healthy, delicious meals and stretch food dollars.

“Cooking Matters teaches healthy eating habits, cooking skills, food shopping, and budgeting through a fun and hands-on learning experience,” said Sara McConnell, Healthy Acadia’s Washington County Nutrition Education Coordinator. “This series will offer incredible resources with the series offered in partnership with Faith United Methodist Church in Columbia”.

In each class, under the guidance of McConnell and Linda Barsanti from Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center, participants will work together to create a meal and enjoy sampling their completed dishes. Free take-home ingredients will be provided for participants to recreate the meal 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 with cancer.

"Nutrition is an important part of a healthy lifestyle for anyone but especially those with cancer. This collaboration is an exceptional opportunity," states Michael Reisman, Executive Director of the Beth Wright Center.

Participants are requested to commit to all six classes in the series. To register for this series, please contact Sara McConnell at 255-3741 or

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 through a contract with the University of New England (UNE).