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Hands-On Cooking Courses

Cooking Matters for Adults

Teaches low-income adults (primarily adults with children) how to prepare and shop sensibly for healthy meals on a limited budget. The program is often paired with Cooking Matters EXTRA for Diabetes, an addendum focused specifically on adults with diabetes. 

Cooking Matters for Families

Teaches school-age children (ages 6 to 12) and their parents about healthy eating as a family and the importance of working together to plan and prepare healthy meals on a budget.

Cooking Matters for Parents

Teaches low-income parents with young children how to prepare and shop sensibly for healthy meals on a limited budget. This curriculum is also available in Spanish (as Cooking Matters para Padres).

Cooking Matters for Kids

Engages kids ages 8 to 12 in learning about healthy eating and provides simple nutritious recipes that children can prepare themselves.

Cooking Matters for Teens

Teaches teens how to make healthy food choices, meals, and snacks for themselves, their families, and friends.

Cooking Matters for Child Care Professionals

Teaches child care professionals about healthy meal preparation and creating a healthy food environment for the children in their care.

Additional Course Components

In 2016, Cooking Matters added some new components to its workshops - yoga, mindfulness and meditation. When appropriate, volunteers and staff will introduce new techniques to align with the various topics discussed in class. Some of the new activities will be stretches and mindfulness at the grocery store, poses and breathing that assist with digestion, and starting the day with five minutes of mindfulness before breakfast. Mindfulness is being present in the moment and taking the time to truly notice what is going on around you along with your experiences and feelings in that moment. Mindfulness is a great way to start out the day!