A free program running from Feb. 21 to March 28 seeks to teach participants safe, healthy food skills that don’t break the bank. — File Photo

Free food skills program in Coombs

Program to teach food prep, healthy choices on a budget

Learn to cook tasty, healthy and affordable meals in a supportive and relaxed atmosphere.

The Arrowsmith Community Recreation Association will be hosting its Food Sense/Healthy Cooking on a Budget beginning next week.

This free, six-week program is funded by the Ministry of Health and the Regional District of Nanaimo, and managed by Diabetes Canada.

Food Sense/Healthy Cooking on a Budget will be held Feb. 21 to March 28 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. each Wednesday in the Arrowsmith Hall kitchen on the Coombs Fairgrounds, 1014 Ford Rd. Participants must be 19 years of age and older and commit to attending each class.

Miranda Cockayne, a Certified Food Skills for Families community facilitator and Sports and Fitness nutritionist, will welcome everyone to discover just how much fun healthy, home cooking can be.

Cockayne is dedicated to supporting individuals to reverse the effects of chronic diseases such as inflammation, diabetes and heart disease through education, proper nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices.

The program will strengthen cooking confidence and skills while providing the food knowledge to make sound meal, snack and beverage choices.

Each session addresses a different topic, including safe food handling and storage, meal planning and healthy snacks. Week five will have the group visiting a local grocery store to learn about reading labels and how to buy affordable and healthy products. Each participant will receive their own handbook full of cooking tips and delicious recipes.

The class will prepare fresh home-cooked meals each week and enjoy a family-style dinner together.

Discover how taste and a very affordable budget can go hand-in-hand.

This program must be pre-registered and space is limited to 12 people. Please register early to avoid disappointment.

For more information or to register please contact Arrowsmith Recreation Coordinators, Kim Longmuir at 250-248-8515 or kimlongmuir@telus.net, or Kristine Stephenson at 250-927-3985 or stephenson@live.ca.

— Submitted by Kim Longmuir

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