Since the launch of the Nutrition Education Program last October, women at Calvary have been learning more about making informed choices about their food and finances that will help them to lead healthier lives. To-date, more than 75 women have participated in Nutrition Education classes, which is equivalent to nearly 600 hours of learning.
The Nutrition Education Program includes a variety of nutrition and health/wellness activities, cooking classes, and job training referrals for residents who would like to pursue a culinary career. The program is complemented by a strong financial literacy component, which allows women to take the knowledge they learned in classes or activities to make healthy, practical choices when they are budgeting and shopping for food.
During the final day of class recently, several residents created “vision boards” that captured what they learned from the program. Each board communicated a personal connection to food and good health. One woman, Janelle, focused on snack foods and strategies that will help her to avoid sugary trigger foods. The skills Janelle learned from Nutrition Education classes will be helpful as she makes important lifestyle changes to help manage her diabetes. Another woman summed up her learning in a simple sentence: “Healthy food is BEAUTIFUL.” These posters served as the equivalent of a final exam, and everyone in the program received high marks!
As the Nutrition Education program approaches its one-year anniversary in a few months, we are excited to explore new opportunities for the program and see residents making healthy choices about food, finances, and their futures.
Thanks to the Walmart Foundation for supporting the Nutrition Education program with a generous grant!