Program to teach healthy eating habits

Published 9:56 pm Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Participants will learn to serve up healthy meals during the Rite-Bite Cooking School’s four-week program that will be held every Tuesday at 5-6 p.m. starting Aug. 7 at AGAPE Ministry on 2306 US Highway East.

County Extension Coordinator Callie Nelson said at the program people will learn how to prepare meals to help control and prevent diabetes, high blood pressure and other similar diseases.

“In Dallas County, we have a high prevalence of diabetes among our citizens, and every month in our office we offer a diabetes support group meeting,” Nelson said. “In the program, one of the things people who have diabetes say is that they don’t know how to cook or how to cook differently to make their food healthier. This Rite-Bite Cooking School is designed to show people what each ingredient is and the role it plays in different dishes.”

Christina LeVert, a regional extension agent and registered dietitian, will teach the program.

“Christina is well informed and knows all the information regarding the nutrients, fats and calories in foods,” Nelson said.

Nelson said that the sequence of classes will benefit all who participate.

“It is very helpful; we’ve had the program before and we as many as 20-30 people go through it,” Nelson said. “They come out with recipes and dishes that they can then go home and prepare, and know that what they are cooking is a healthy dish.”

For more information or to receive a registration form contact the Dallas County Extension Office at (334)-875-3200.