BLACKFOOTâ€”A free fun, interactive 6-week program called "Eating Smart - Being Active" will be offered - starting this evening - and every Tuesday night in conjunction with the Community Dinner Table suppers at Jason Lee Methodist Church in Blackfoot. The classes will run about one hour from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
The classes, which will be taught by nutritionist Denise Durocher from the University of Idaho Extension office in Pocatello, will cover healthy eating and cooking for less, planning meals, saving money at the grocery store, food safety and being active.
Tracy Green, the "Eat Smart Idaho" district nutrition program coordinator for the University of Idaho said participants will enjoy the classes and will even receive some useful freebies throughout the courses such as a produce brush, food thermometer, measuring cups/spoons and recipe booklets.
"Everyone who completes the 6-week program will receive a 'graduation certificate,' " Green said. "The graduation certificate is something that people can note on a resume or show a potential employer if they are looking for a job."
Green said that once the first 6-week program is over, another session of the classes will start up for new participants.
Funding for "Eat Smart Idaho" is provided by the USDA's Supplemental Nutrition Program Education (SNAP-Ed) and Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP), the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Food Stamp Program and the University of Idaho.
For more information about the "Eating Smart-Being Active" (East Smart Idaho) classes call the University of Idaho Extension office at: 236-7308.