ISU offers nutrition classes to limited-income households

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offers nutrition classes to households on limited incomes with children age 10 and under or who are expecting a child.

“The program includes a series of classes called Buy Eat Live Healthy,” said Carolyn Maschino, family nutrition program assistant. “These classes for adults show participants how to choose nutritious foods for themselves and their families, save an average of $50 a month on their food bill and handle food safely. Trained educators provide practical, hands-on experience and ideas about how to implement suggestions for healthy eating. “

“The Buy Eat Live Healthy classes are free to participants and can be taught to groups or individuals,” Maschino said. “The classes, based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 and MyPlate, can be provided in the home and include nutrition information, food preparation and tasting, and physical activity.”

Lessons in the course cover all of the food groups, meal planning and money-saving shopping strategies, limiting fat, sugar and salt, healthy pregnancy, family mealtimes, and feeding difficulties/strategies for both infants and children.

Participants receive free tools to help them make behavior changes including exercise bands, kitchen tools such as measuring cups and spoons, a veggie brush, a food thermometer, grocery list pad and an 80-page, color cookbook.

Participants who complete eight classes receive a certificate signed by ISU Extension and Outreach staff certifying they have attended the program.

For more information on the Buy Eat Live Healthy Classes or to sign up, contact Maschino, 576-2119.