G.E.A.R. Parent Network and Healthy Acadia offer free “Eating Healthy On A Budget” class series
November 7, 2014

What: Three free monthly classes for parents about easy ways to eat healthy on a tight budget
Where: Bucksport Regional Health Center

Dates: November 20, December 18 and January 15
Time: 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Registration is required. Classes can be taken individually or as a series.

G.E.A.R. Parent Network and Healthy Acadia are pleased to offer three free classes for Bucksport area community members on the third Thursdays of November, December and January. Each class offers an opportunity to learn about easy ways to prepare healthy, delicious meals and stretch food dollars.

Classes will be fun and interactive. Healthy Acadia’s Nutrition Education Coordinator, Shoshona Smith, will lead discussions and hands-on food preparation.

“We will be sampling what we make, which is sure to be a class highlight!” stated Smith. “Class recipes will be made up of low-cost and common kitchen ingredients. This makes it that much easier to go home and incorporate these new and healthy recipes into your everyday routine.”

“We are excited to be partnering with Healthy Acadia to bring this important topic to the families we serve. Participants will have a chance to discuss what challenges they face in preparing healthy meals for their families,” says Karen Nix, GEAR Regional Parent Support Coordinator.

Healthy Eating On A Budget classes will offer easy-to-follow tips from the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. In order, class topics are 1) Eating Healthy on a Budget, 2) Building a Healthy Meal, 3) Smart Shopping for Fruits and Veggies, and 4) Saving More at the Grocery Store. Sign up for the full series or just one class – all free of charge.

G.E.A.R. Parent Network empowers parents and caregivers of children with emotional and behavioral health needs to effect life decisions based on their family’s individual strengths and needs. For more information, visit gearparentnetwork.org or call 1.800.264.9224.

Healthy Acadia’s 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).