YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Fran Wilson is a regular at the nutrition classes at the farmer’s market.
“I live alone,” Wilson said. “I buy too many, the frozen fruits, high sodium, so i’m trying to learn to cook better, healthier.”
She’s also learned how to stretch her grocery money by planning out menus. Then there are the health benefits.
“I have been able to get my cholesterol under control, my (blood pressure) has never been better,” Wilson said. “I feel healthier, and that’s why i wanted to come to these, to learn a little bit more.”
The Extended Food and Nutrition Expansion Program, part of the Ohio State University, extension puts on the free classes every Thursday at the farmer’s market at MYCAP.
“We really stress healthy choice, but subtle changes,” said Extended Food and Nutrition Expansion Program Instructor Robin Adams. “We’re not saying that they need to go in and completely revamp their food inventory.”
Classes follow the “my plate” dietary guidelines, including protein, grains, fruits and veggies.
“We talk a lot about planning and menu based off of what’s on sale at the local grocery store ads,” Adams said.
“The meal planning was the biggest thing so far for me when we had to do the essentials that you needed,” Wilson said.
Fran enjoys the classes but wishes more people would come. The instructor says it’s a free resource a lot of people don’t know about.
“We’re really trying to get the word out there,” Adams said.
Classes are 45 minutes to an hour and include a cooking demonstration. Next week’s class is about grains.