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CHOICES

Our Impact in FY 2012-13

The CHOICES Nutrition Education Program conducted 390 nutrition education classes and cooking demonstrations at 63 sites throughout Central Texas, reaching 2,375 individuals.

CHOICES is a nutrition education program that helps individuals and families make smart choices at mealtime. The classes help people eligible for SNAP (food stamps) make healthy food choices within a limited budget and choose active lifestyles.  All classes are FREE and open to qualified individuals. Each class is one to one and a half hours long. Contact CHOICES to host a class or receive more information.

Class Topics

Nutrition & Health
A four-week series (one class per week) on how to reduce the risk or delay the onset of diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and obesity.

Cooking for Your Life
A four-week series (one hands-on class per week) that teaches your clients how to cook healthy foods, how to modify recipes, and how to follow basic kitchen safety principles. Each week will feature a new recipe using whole grains, fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy and lean protein foods.

Eat Smart, Live Strong
A four-week series (one class per week) that teaches older adults the benefits of eating fruits and vegetables daily and being physically active daily. They’ll learn different ways to be physically active and ways to save money on fruits and vegetables.

Planning Healthy, Thrifty Meals
A four-week series (one class per week) to teach your clients basic nutrition guidelines based on MyPlate, how to create a budget, how to shop wisely using food labels and unit price, and how to plan healthy meals on a limited budget.

Cooking Matters at the Store
An interactive, guided in-store shopping tour that teaches adults and youth how to buy and prepare healthy, affordable foods on a budget.

Cooking Demonstrations
Clients will learn healthy ways to prepare fresh produce and other foods they receive at your food pantry on distribution day. Nutritionists will discuss basic nutrition guidelines, food safety tips and recipes while providing samples to taste.

Power of Choice
An interactive four to seven-week series (one class per week) that teaches children basic nutrition guidelines based on MyPlate, how to make healthy eating and fitness choices, and how to make healthy snacks.

Kids in the Kitchen
A seven- to eight-week series (one hands-on class per week) that teaches children and youth basic nutrition guidelines based on MyPlate. This series teaches children and youth how to prepare simple, healthy dishes and snack foods for themselves and for their families. Other topics include basic cooking skills and food safety.

Eat Well Play Hard
A six to eight-week series (one class per week) that teaches parents and their preschool children how to prepare simple, healthy foods using whole grains, fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy and lean protein. Other topics include basic food safety principles and physical activity.

Food-Related Intergenerational Discussion Group Experience(FRIDGE)
An eight-week (one class per week) series will bring parents and their children together to practice cooking nutritious foods based on basic nutrition guidelines, enhance family communication about food and establish family plans to adopt healthier eating practices. Each week will feature a new recipe using whole grains, fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy and lean protein foods.

To sign up for classes, or for more information, contact Vivian Noriega, nutritionist, at (512) 684-2538 or email choices@austinfoodbank.org.  

Host a CHOICES class

To sign up for classes, or for more information, call Vivian Noriega, nutritionist, at (512) 684-2538 or email choices@austinfoodbank.org.

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Funding is provided in part by the USDA's SNAP-Ed (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education).

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