University of Florida

Growing Healthy Communities

Eating Smart Being Active

  • Evidence-based nutrition education and obesity prevention curriculum for low-income adults with young children
  • Eight core lessons, 60-90 minutes each
  • Each lesson includes a food preparation activity, interactive discussions, and a physical activity segment
  • Lessons contain worksheets, handouts, visuals, and enhancements.
  • Three maternal and infant nutrition supplemental lessons are designd to be taught to pregnant women and women with young infants
  • Pre/post dietary recalls and food behavior checklists are used to evaluate participants
  • Locations include community centers, domestic violence shelters, residential housing facilities, human service organizations that serve the audience, and adult GED programs

Extreme Cuisine

  • Teaches culinary and nutrition education to students from early elementary to middle school
  • Youth involved in hands on food preparation using featured Florida foods in each recipe
  • Recipes provided to each child
  • Certificates of completion awarded to "chefs" completing the program
  • Locations include recreation centers, community centers, faith based organizations, and youth serving organizations.

Cooking Matters in the Community

  • One-time educational programs focusing on 4 key messages: make half your plate fruits and vegetables, make half your grains whole, choosing healthy snacks, and choosing healthy beverages.
  • Length varies frmo 15 to 60 minutes depending on audience and location
  • Food demonstration/tasting are provided with each lesson
  • Locations include food pantries, family fairs, transitional housing complexes, community centers, and faith based organizations
  • Aimed at adults with primary emphasis on parents/caregivers with children.

Cooking Matters for Parents