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Want to eat well on a budget?

Thursday, May 28, 2009

You can enroll in a free class today that will help you and your family with tasty nutritious meals that are easy on your budget.

The Family Nutrition Program, an outreach of Purdue Extension, provides free, fun informal education programs in homes or in a community setting for groups.

Participants see live cooking demonstrations, sample the food prepared, participate in hands-on activities, and take home easy low-cost recipes. They also learn how to invest food dollars in the best nutritious food choices; stretch food dollars to last the whole month; make healthy choices when eating out; protect the family from food-borne illnesses; and plan meals that the family will love. Rewards including beautiful cookbooks and kitchen supplies are available for completed series of classes.

Donna Black, the Family Nutrition Program Assistant for Clay and Owen counties, works with many local organizations and families to share information on topics, including "Making My Pyramid Mine," "Making Your Food Dollars Work," "Sensational Side Dishes and Snacks," "Figuring out Fats," "No Bones About It," "Go Lean With Protein," and "Something Grand With What's On Hand," including more.

During the past school year, the Family Nutrition Program in Clay County also worked with the Clay Community Schools nurse and elementary Physical Education program to present programs for every fourth- and fifth-grade classroom on selecting nutritious foods and snacks and deciphering food labels for better health.

Additional community agency contacts include, but are not limited to WIC, IMPACT, Step Ahead, Head Start, Healthy Mother-Healthy Babies, HUD, Family Services, Food Pantries, Soup Kitchens, Commodity Foods, Senior Citizen Centers, Alternative Schools and the LEAAP Center.

To learn more, call the Purdue Extension office at 448-9041 with questions or to schedule classes.

The Family Nutrition Program is a part of the Consumer Family Science Extension Program and operates in more than half of Indiana counties through Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service, in collaboration with Indiana Family and Social Services and the United States Department of Agriculture.