Nutrition Education

Manna’s Nutrition Education program meets our neighbors where they are: at the grocery store and in the kitchen. Together with Share our Strength, Manna offers low-income grocery shoppers free onsite assistance. Nutrition educators teach participants unit price comparison and nutrition label reading to stretch tight budgets when purchasing healthy food. We host workshops, cooking demos, and store tours at centers where neighbors gather. Our free programs make crucial health information more accessible. Any of the classes listed below can be offered in multiple languages; we simply ask your agency to provide an onsite interpreter.

Menu of Services

NEW CLASS! Healthy Foods: Fact or Fiction?

An interactive 45-minute class to inform both the savvy and the frustrated shopper. We’ll discuss: What does Gluten-Free actually mean? Do veggie chips have vegetables? Does All-Natural mean it’s as healthy as Organic? Is Organic even healthier?! Participants leave knowing precisely what we can believe on those food packages. Minimum 15 participants, no maximum.

 

 

Habits to Hinder Diabetes and Chronic Disease

Take control of your health starting now! This is a new workshop series for individuals living with Type II diabetes, or who have health concerns about preventing diabetes. “Habits to Hinder” covers the standard American diet vs. eating for disease prevention, foods to maintain good health, motivational tips to get started, as well as signs and symptoms that signal a doctor’s visit. This is a two-part class, one hour each, for groups of at least 15 participants, with no maximum.

 

Shocking Secrets About Sugar

An interactive one-hour session that will answer the question: can sugar really be addictive? In addition to the brain’s response to sugar, we’ll cover the 46 other names for sugar, eating tips to prevent or control chronic disease, and offer hands-on practice for identifying healthy food choices. Participants arrange sugar packets to visualize the amount of sugar in common snacks, beverages, and pantry items. Minimum 15 participants, no maximum.

 

Cooking Matters At The Store: Pop-Up Tours

This workshop model allows Manna’s Nutrition Educator to bring the shopping-on-a-budget store tour to county agencies. Large groups and individuals facing physical or transportation barriers can participate fully in the Cooking Matters tour in a seated environment. Pop-Up Tours are held for groups larger than ten participants, up to 100! Like the store tours, all participants receive a reusable grocery tote, cookbook, and $10 grocery giftcard. Agencies can contact Manna’s Nutrition Educator (below) to schedule a workshop.

 

Parenting the Picky Eater

Take steps towards tasting, tune into textures, offer choices & control, and find appropriate rewards. Plus, addressing common confusions around healthy family eating such as: Can sugar really be addictive? Do veggie chips really have vegetables? Is organic even healthier? Minimum 15 participants, no maximum.

 

For more information about any of these services, or to register a group from your agency, contact Program Manager of Nutrition Education, Lindsey Seegers: Lindsey@mannafood.org or (240) 268-2526