The participants of The Happy Kitchen/La Cocina Alegre™ Cooking Class are low-income and are most at-risk for diet-related diseases such as diabetes, weight issues, obesity, heart-disease, cancer and more.
Sustainable Food Center cultivates a healthy community by strengthening the local food system and improving access to nutritious, affordable food. SFC envisions a food-secure community where all children and adults grow, share and prepare healthy, local food.
From seed to table, SFC creates opportunities for individuals to make healthy food choices and to participate in a vibrant local food system. Through organic food gardening, relationships with area farmers, interactive cooking classes and nutrition education, children and adults have increased access to locally grown food and are empowered to improve the long-term health of Central Texans and of our environment.
The funds for this project provide 6 weeks of cooking and educational classes for low-income participants. The participants of the program will benefit from an increased understanding of healthy and nutritious food, leading to healthier food choices and increased health and wellness for themselves and for their families.
This project funds the cost of 6 weeks of cooking and educational classes for 15 – 20 low income participants including:
The Happy Kitchen/La Cocina Alegre™ Cookbooks,
Childcare and activities for children of attendees
Past participants of the program were surveyed about behavioral changes after receiving the knowledge from the classes, with extremely positive results. Participants agreed with the following statements;
90% - I use the nutrition facts label to make healthier food choices.
93% - I choose more whole grain products.
97% - I use new cooking techniques.
97% - I try new kinds of foods.
97% - I eat more fruits and vegetables.
96% - I choose foods with less sodium (salt).
100% - I've gained knowledge and skills to make healthier nutrition choices.
100% - I will share what I’ve learned in class with family and friends.
The Happy Kitchen is a nationally recognized cooking and nutrition education program. It aids individuals and institutions in making lasting dietary and behavioral changes.
• Teaches skills and self-sufficiency in preparing healthy, economical meals that consist of whole grains, fresh produce and low-saturated fat ingredients.
• Affects positive changes in shopping, cooking, eating habits and nutrition.
• Reduces diet-related diseases (diabetes, overweight, obesity, heart-disease, cancer, etc.).
• Promotes the health and development of young children.
• Places emphasis on local, seasonal and cultural appropriate foods.
• Integrates food systems concepts into it’s curriculum such as shopping at farmers’ markets and growing one’s own food.
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