Nutrition courses at the GRACE Community Clinic take a competitive turn when graduation nears. Students in the 6-week course turned into Iron Chefs in a “Battle of Healthy and Delicious” last week.
Each team brought their superb skills, knowledge, teamwork and confidence in meal preparation into the Community Clinic Kitchen—all skills gained through the Cooking Matters for Adults course.
Each week of the course, Cooking Matters participants receive take-home groceries, which they can use at home to practice a recipe they learned in class. The course includes:
- Participatory food preparation that provides cooking and food safety instruction
- Engaging nutritional activities and discussions
- Promotion of healthier eating habits
- Practice with food budgeting
- Workbook and 65 healthy, delicious recipes
- Tips on grocery store visits or other food shopping experiences
- Communal eating of the food made in class
- Celebratory final class and graduation ceremony for participants who completed at least four of the six classes
Each of the Cooking Matters curricula use the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and MyPyramid as the foundation for basic nutrition guidelines, then builds upon these ideas, using interactive lessons to teach cooking, food safety, and food resource management.
The Cooking Matters classes are locally sponsored by the Tarrant County Food Bank and nationally sponsored by ConAgra Foods Foundation and generously supported by the Walmart Foundation. Volunteers are provided through Tarrant County Food Bank.
The next 6 weeks’ Cooking Matters course begins on Wednesday, October 1 at GRACE Community Clinic, 837 East Walnut Street in Grapevine. Classes will be held each Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. through November 5.
For more information contact the GRACE Community Clinic, 817-488-7009, ext. 151.
By the way, the “Battle of Healthy and Delicious” ended in a wholesome, nutritious draw!
by Shirley Roberts, RN BAS CCM