Healthy Acadia and Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center Offer Free Healthy Cooking Class Series for Living with Cancer
October 22, 2015

What: Six free classes about how to prepare healthy, delicious meals and stretch your food dollars, with a focus on living with cancer.
Where: St. Aidan’s Church, 36 Dublin Hill Road, Machias.
When: Fridays, November 6 and 13, December 11, and January 8, 22 and 29; from 2 to 4 pm. Registration is required.

Healthy Acadia is excited to offer a free six-class “Cooking Matters” series in partnership with the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center on Fridays beginning November 6th and continuing into the New Year. The series is specially designed for those struggling with a tight food budget while living with cancer. 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 provide incredible resources and will be offered right after Beth C. Wright’s Machias Cancer Support and Resource Meeting held at St. Aidan’s Church.”

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